Loans and reference

Consultation service by reservation

The consultation service is currently provided only by reservation.
For more information, see the page of the specific library: BALI, BAS, BAUM, BEC, CFZ.

The University libraries are home to rich collections of books and magazines whose location and availability can be verified by consulting cerCa'.

  • Printed books and journals: consultation is open to all card or pass holders, as indicated in the Access section.
    Most of the volumes are stored on open shelves and can therefore be retrieved directly by users; BAUM BEC and CFZ also have repositories in which they store part of their assets (for more information on consultation procedures, ask in the library).
  • Electronic resources (databases, electronic periodicals, e-books, etc.): can be freely accessible or reserved. Reserved resources can be consulted in the library and also remotely by logging in to use the university archives. For more information, see the Research tools.


Both Ca' Foscari members and non-members can access the loan service, according to the category of user and following the methods shown in the table below:

Types of user No. of books per library Duration of initial loan Permitted extensions
Ca' Foscari students and graduates up to 1 year from the date of graduation 5 30 days 1
Professors (also under contract), researchers, research fellows, PhD and Master's students, language assistants (CELs), sector experts,
technical and administrative staff
10 90 days 1
Inter-university PhD students, Alumni, holders of agreements with the University 10 30 days 1
Erasmus students, Harvard Summer School students, VEA hub members, non-university members 2 30 days 0

Reference help desk for undergraduate and PhD students (third year)

Libraries reference services give support to undergraduate and phd students (third year), checking whether the requested document, or other documents on the same topic, are available online.
For more information visit the libraries pages: BALIBASBAUMBEC.
You can find the contacts for meeting librarians via Google Hangouts, e-mail adresses, online forms; information about the access and use of electronic resources and online courses ("help desk" and "bibliographic reference").
In cooperation with your supervisor, libraries can provide alternative bibliographies on your thesis subject .
Ca’ Foscari students and researchers can access electronic resources from home/off campus, following the instructions at Remote access to electronic resources.

Electronic Resources in a clip

The libraries have made short video tutorials to explain how to access electronic resources and to present the most important databases.
The complete playlist is available on YouTube: Risorse elettroniche in pillole (Electronic resources in a clip).


This service offers assistance to those who need to find an updated bibliography on a subject for the purposes of study and research, and at the same time want to learn how to use the bibliographic sources, databases and other research tools available in the library and online.

To access the service, you must fill out the bibliographic search online form.

BAS, BAUM and BEC libraries also offer a support service for bibliographic research in the library by appointment. For more information visit the libraries pages: BAS, BAUM, BEC.

Last update: 01/02/2023