web page biblio.arch.unisi.ch/
accesses the Library’s catalogues and databases.
Library of the Academy of Architecture of Mendrisio is one of the largest Swiss libraries devoted to
the history of architecture and art. It is also of international importance for its documentary holdings,
which are continuously updated, as well as for the rare bibliographical items it preserves, in particular
those related to the art and architecture of the Canton Ticino, adjacent areas and the Mediterranean
In addition to documenting topics related to architecture and
art in general, the library is currently building up a new collection dealing with popular and peasant
architecture around the world. Through historical, philological, urban, photographic and anthropological
studies of both present and past, it seeks to document individual geographical regions with a particular
concern for primitive and indigenous architecture. To complement the existing collection on green architecture
and stimulate reflection on architecture designed as an artistic work, new documents are also currently
being acquired dealing with the functional morphology of plants, plant architecture, bionics and biomechanics.
library is a member of the University Library Service (UBS - http://sbu.ti-edu.ch/)
and of the Sistema Bibliotecario Ticinese
(SBT - http://www.sbt.ti.ch/Sbt/)). It has also been a member since 2011 of artlibraries.net,
the international catalogue of history
of art and architecture which brings together holdings of the world’s most important museums and libraries
of art and architecture. The library’s premises are housed in a building designed by Mario Botta and
Aurelio Galfetti as a multipurpose hall and adapted to the new function by the architect Peter Disch,
located next to Palazzo Turconi. It contains and makes available for reference approximately 69,000
monographic volumes and over 600 titles of journals specialized in art, architecture, urbanism and related
disciplines. More than 4,000 journals are available in electronic format.
library preserves bequests from: Pietro Bianchi, Enzo Frateili, Jacques Gubler, Augusto Guidini father
and son, Gino and Gianna Macconi, Carlo Gastone della Torre di Rezzonico, Augusto Rima, Sergio Steffen,
Virgilio Vercelloni and Stanislaus von Moos.
It also provides access
to numerous databases, online or on physical media, including: Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals,
Bibliography of the History of the Arts, Iconda, Francis, Wilson Art Fulltext, Oxford Reference Online
and Wiley Interscience. In addition to bibliographic databases, also available are digital libraries
of images, among including: ArtStor, Art Museum Image Gallery, Cindema Image Gallery and Prometheus.
to the Library and the services it offers are free. It is open to the teaching faculty, staff and students
of the Academy as well as outside users. The reading room has 80 study places. There are 8 workstations
equipped with PCs: 4 are reserved for bibliographic searches and 4 provide free access to Internet.
magazines and documentary materials are present on the open stacks, except for those held in storage.
Readers can access them independently for consultation on the premises or borrow them. Readers may also
order books or photocopies of articles from other libraries in Switzerland or abroad.
Library staff provides guidance and assistance in bibliographic research and the location of volumes.