The Library, Archive and Museum System has general coordination functions. It manages and promotes the development of services, with particular attention to digital content and technological innovation.

The library services are organised in a University Library System (SBA), which consists of:

The University Library System Council, which is the managing and programming body.

The Council has competence in the following fields:

  • University’s computer system related to the libraries;
  • Technical innovation related to library equipment;
  • Bibliographic material classification methodologies;
  • Databases of common interest and management of exchange services with other libraries;
  • Safety of the work environments;
  • Legislation regarding issues relevant for libraries, such as financing, regulations to protect royalties and photocopying activities, etc.

4 libraries and 4 service points, structured in two large interfaculty libraries (Jurisprudence-Economy and commerce, Literature-Education Sciences) and two faculty libraries (Agrarian Sciences, Medicine),which meet the education and research needs of the different Faculties and scientific areas, and which – together with the Study Rooms – offer around 500 seats. They provide the following services:

  • Reading and consultation;
  • Lending;
  • Interlibrary loan and provision of documents;
  • Document delivery;
  • Bibliographic information;
  • Reference desk.

The Library System council is made up by scientific directors, the technical directors of the individual libraries of the University and the University presiding Rector’s Delegate.

The Area Manager supervises the accomplishment of the programmes and the achievement of the objectives indicated by the Library System Council, and conducts a general coordination, programming and assessment activity on the correct functioning of the System structures.

Main inspiring criteria of the University Library System action

The Council promotes and suggests the implementation of synergies among the University libraries and their constant development, by means of technical surveys and studies aimed at innovation and improvement – including qualitative improvement – of the services, making use of the consultancy of the competent University’s technical bodies.

Each library is responsible for acquiring, preserving and making the largest scientific production of the relative sector available for the public, as well as for taking care of the spreading of bibliographic information. It represents a services and bibliographic reference centre to be used by teachers, researchers, students and any other individual that may be interested.

The library provides services aimed at meeting the educational and research requirements expressed by the participating Faculties, Departments, and Interdepartmental and Interuniversity research centres.

Heritage and staff

By means of the central services provided on line and those provided by the individual library, the Library System organises and offers documentary heritage assessable at:

  • 80,000 volumes
  • 780 subscriptions to paper journals
  • around 4,300 electronic journals
  • 17 on-line databases

The staff that is currently in charge of the libraries is made up by around 20 full-time employees and 4 fixed-term contract individuals.

The books and resources owned by the system libraries can be almost completely searched on line through the University OPAC. All the locations are fitted with computer stations specifically available for users.


The System actively cooperates at local level with different libraries in the province and, above all, with Provincial Library “La Magna Capitana” and Library “Felice Chirò” of Fondazione BancApulia of San Severo.

As of September of 2009, the System – in cooperation with the Provincial Library – is part of the Italian Library System (Sistema Bibliotecario Nazionale, SBN).

Thanks to the acquisition and management of electronic journals and on-line databases and thanks to the sharing and development of services on electronic information, it participates in the CASPUR Consortium activities.

It participates in national interlibrary projects
  • ACNP - Italian Catalogue of Journals
  • SBN - Cataloguing shared in the network of the National Library System
  • MICHAEL - Italian cultural and digital heritage