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The Libraries

The Mario Negri Institute has three libraries.
The Library in Milan has a collection of about 2600 textbooks, monographs and congress proceedings, and 135 periodicals of which a major part are in an electronic format. It is specialized in general pharmacology, cardiology, neurology, oncology, environment, biochemistry, molecular pharmacology, public health.
The Libraries in Bergamo, at Astori Center (Bergamo) and  Daccò Center, are specialized in nephrology, rare diseases, emergency medicine and health economics and have a collection of about 1100 textbooks, monographs and congress proceedings.
All the libraries are part of a Regional Consortium (SBBL) and have access to more than 6000 electronic journals and a substantial collection of e-books.

History
1963 – The library in Milan has been founded and supported for many years by The Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation in Denville, New Jersey , USA.
1984 – At the same time of the establishment of the Laboratories in Bergamo a branch of the Gustavus Library has been opened.
1997 – Anna Maria Astori, a peeress, supported a library in the Clinical Research Center in Ranica dedicated to her father Mansueto Astori.
Numerous public and private organizations contribute to help keep it operative through donations of money, books, and subscriptions to periodicals.

Bibliographic databases
All the Institute researchers have access to the most important biomedical databases like PubMed, Embase, The Cochrane Library, thanks to the Consortium of the Regione Lombardia (SBBL) . This services is open also to external researchers when they come to the Libraries.

Projects
Since 1994 the libraries have been part of the Lombard Biomedical Library Systems (SBBL)  financed by the Lombardy Region. The project permits easy, free access to scientific information for all health workers in the Lombardy Region.
The Libraries collaborate in the realization of the Italian Information Specialists (GIDIF,RBM) journal catalog which is updated annually.

Publications
A database of the Institute’s scientific publications,  congress proceedings, monographs  and books can be found on the Institute website.

Training
Every year courses on the use of the databases are organized.  These courses are designed for use by those working at the Institute but outsiders who are interested may attend.