The Library of the Academy of Architecture moves to Palazzo Turconi


Institutional Communication Service

16 November 2020

The Academy of Architecture Library is temporarily closed and will move into its new premises in Palazzo Turconi, in a more attractive location, with new services, an expanded research platform, and where all books will be available on free access shelves. All services of the Academy Library will therefore be suspended from 3 December 2020 until 31 January 31 2021. From 7 December 2020, the transition of USI's libraries to the new swisscovery platform will also take place.

From Thursday, 3 December 2020 until Sunday, 31 January 2021 all services of the Academy Library will be suspended to facilitate the move, which will involve a total of 180,000 volumes.

Some services may already be subject to restrictions or changes. To avoid unpleasant inconveniences, please check the updated page of the Library (link here).

Before closing (3 December 2020):

  • The Library invites you to complete your bibliographical research, request for loans, collection of study materials;
  • professors and students involved in the Diploma are granted an extraordinary loan of up to ten books.

During the closing period (3 December 2020-31 January 2021):

  • the duration of the loans will be automatically renewed until the new opening;
  • in the foyer of Palazzo Turconi a station will be set up to return books and audiovisual material on loan only.

The relocation of the Academy Library is also an opportunity to remind that from 7 December 2020 the USI Libraries will become part of a new library system by moving their catalogues to swisscovery. This new IT platform will bring together the heritage of more than 400 scientific libraries in Switzerland. For USI, the system will be called Reperio and will give users access to the entire directory of scientific documents in Switzerland. To access the service, users of USI's libraries will need a new registration (more information here).