Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei is running a new project funded by the Italian Ministry of Culture devoted to the digitization of the ‘Stampa e oro nero’ collection.

Find out more about the project by visiting this link.

The Eni Enrico Mattei Foundation’s Library is registered in the Registry of Italian Libraries, has been a member of the National Library Service (SBN) since 2009 and is the founder and contact person of Polo Lombardia 2 (LO2) in SBN.

Precisely because of this participation in multiple realities, the entire heritage is visible in three distinct catalogues:

The documentary heritage, mainly focused on economics, energy policy and environmental policy, currently consists of approximately 6000 volumes; 300 discontinued and current periodicals, including Equilibri, the Foundation’s historical magazine; and over 100 theses submitted by internal and external scholars. It currently occupies 438.25 meters out of a total of 486.97 linear meters.

All documents, displayed on open shelves, after their acquisition are cataloged according to the Italian Cataloging Rules (REICAT), and described semantically through the subject book adopted by the Library of Congress, guaranteeing maximum searchability. Cataloging does not only take place at a local level, but is participatory and visible at a national level, in fact since the beginning of 2023 almost 100 new cataloging cards have been created and are now visible in the national catalogue.

The volumes are ordered according to the 23rd edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), including special funds created ad hoc following a qualitative evaluation:

  • Corduas Fund: composed of a series of volumes belonging to Claudio Corduas, on historical and economic topics;
  • Equilibri Fund: includes a large part of the publications used to draft the articles. Since November 2022, we have been trying to collect all the useful documentation for reconstructing the history of the magazine, from its foundation in 1997 until the transition to the digital version, which took place at the end of 2022;
  • FEEM Fund: includes all the publications published by the Foundation, with the support, for the first years, of the Il mulino publishing house;
  • FeeMale Fund: collects monographs and periodicals used for the creation of events linked to the Gender Equality Plan.

The Library subscribes annually to various national and international periodicals. Furthermore, to allow timely and broad research, the Library makes Elesevier’s ScienceDirect database available to its internal users, which provides consultation of almost 34,000 books and 4,800 scientific journals. Starting from 2024, the Library has enriched its digital newspaper library through the subscription to the MediaLibrary OnLine platform (MLOL).



In accordance with S. R. Ranganathan’s five laws of librarianship, the library has open and free access, all books can be borrowed, and users are free to search for documents via the online catalogue, but can also contact the staff internal to request help in researching and writing bibliographies, including those for three-year, master’s and doctoral theses.

Open to the public, from Monday to Thursday, it provides the reference and consultation service of all documents also to external users. Inside the library office it is possible to request photo reproduction of part of the documents in compliance with copyright law.

The Document delivery and interlibrary loan service to other libraries and cultural institutes is active with a free reciprocity policy.

All users are required to comply with the Library Regulations.

The library virtualization experience

“An essential aspect of the management and use of cultural heritage is the digitalisation process which helps to guarantee its conservation, promotion and valorisation over time”.

In 2020, a first example of digitalisation of cultural spaces was developed at FEEM using medium complexity technology, a digital laser scanner and a tablet. With the digital scanner, suitable for surveying environments, the digital twin of the Library space was created, which allows a virtual walk that can be visited from a PC, smartphone and tablet, and can also be experienced in Immersive Virtual Reality with a viewer, for a better remote user involvement.

With LIDAR technology, the three-dimensional reconstruction of the space was developed through a non-invasive intervention and the various classifications of the books in the library were tagged for advanced volume research.

This type of digital twin return, published on the Cloud, can be published online or useful for cataloging the state of the work. The virtual visit allows the FEEM Library to have more visibility on digital channels, to bring the visit remotely, within everyone’s reach with a more engaging product.

During 2023, following the assignment of the annual contribution for the operation and activity of non-state libraries of the MIC, the ranking of which was announced on 19 October 2023, FEEM has digitized the entire Press and black gold, now available in the Digital Library.



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