Arts and Humanities Library (BAUM)

The Arts and Humanities Library (BAUM) is a specialist library in the areas of archaeology, the arts (art and performing arts), philosophy, Italian literature and romance philology, pedagogy, sociology, history, classical and near eastern studies.
Its assets, mainly located on open shelves, consist of more than 380,000 volumes and 1,200 contemporary journals, and is enhanced by important book collections, including 1,442 rare and valuable books, with 43 books dating back to the sixteenth century.


Palazzo Malcanton Marcorà, Dorsoduro 3484/D, 30123 Venice (Italy) - map

Opening hours

from Monday to Friday: 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am -1 pm

From Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July: 9 am - 2 pm

Summer closing

BAUM will be closed on 31 July and from 2 to14 August.

Library services

BAUM provides its services only by reservation, in order to guarantee the safety of people. Users must have adequate protection and present their university badge for identification purposes. No replacement badges will be provided.


  1. University members (research users and students) must book  through EasyPlanning or MyUnive app using the university login credentials.
  2. Freshmen waiting for CartaConto (University badge) can request a daily badge to enter the library and access the services. Make a reservation through EasyPlanning or MyUnive app and select the entry Richiedo badge sostitutivo. You have to make the reservation at least one day in advance, from Monday to Friday. The library will not provide badges required at the last moment.

Also specific categories of non-university members can access libraries and services according to the procedures described on the Access general rules page.

Loan service

To collect the books without stopping in the library you must make a reservation within the day before. Bibliographic data must be entered in the reservation. You can verify title, author and location of the books and check their availability in cerCa’ bibliographic resources portal.
To make a reservation use EasyPlanning or MyUnive app and select the entry BAUM - Ritiro di volumi in prestito.
The books will be available at the loans desk.
There is no need to book the loan service if you have already booked for consultation: during your slot you can also request the loan.
Books kept in external repositories, which are currently closed, are excluded from the loan service.

Access to reading rooms and services

To access the reading rooms and the services during the opening hours you must make a reservation, according to the following instructions:

  1. all university members (research users and students) and authorized non-university members must book through EasyPlanning or MyUnive app selecting the entry BAUM - Accesso alle sale e ai servizi and the floor on which you want to reserve a seat (it is not allowed to move chairs in the rooms or sit on a different floor)
  2. research users (teachers, researchers, research fellows, PhD students, master's degree students) have 25 reservations bookable in a 2-hour slots up to the whole day, by booking through EasyPlanning or MyUnive app selecting the entry BAUM - Accesso alle sale e ai servizi (solo utenza di ricerca) and the floor on which you want to reserve a seat (it is not allowed to move chairs in the rooms or sit on a different floor).

A maximum of 122 people can enter the rooms simultaneously; short access to the underground floors is allowed.
During your stay in the library you can borrow books and access the photocopying service.

You can request books kept in repositories from Monday to Friday:

  1. until the day before, adding the bibliographic data and the shelfmarks of the requested book in the comments on the reservation form;
  2. the same day at the loans desk: the distribution of the books takes place at 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm (you have to submit your consultation's requests within 15 minutes before the distribution time). From Tuesday to Thursday a further distribution is scheduled at 4 pm.

Books kept in external repositories (e.g. call number VT_BAUM...), which are currently closed, are excluded from the consultation service

Photocopying service

During your stay in the library, you can use the copy machines.

Return books

Books can be returned in the areas provided at the library entrance, during the opening hours (from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm); online booking is not required.
If you have received an automatic return message, but you cannot go to the library, you can request an extension of the loan by writing to
Returned books are subject to a 3-day quarantine.

Interlibrary loan and document supply

The interlibrary loan and document supply services are available and can be requested by online form.
To collect articles or books university members have to make a reservation through EasyPlanning or MyUnive app selecting the entry BALI Ca' Bernardo - Ritiro ILL/DD.

Active online services

The following services are provided online:

All the library electronic resources - ebooksarticleselectronic journalstheses and much more - can be consulted from home following the instructions at Remote access to electronic resources.


Office Online services (for Ca' Foscari members) E-mail Telephone
General information, loan renewals and reservations OPAC - Access - Loans +39 041 234 5613
Consultation of books and periodicals in repository Request form [ITA] +39 041 234 5613
Bibliographic searches and assistance in the use of databases Request form [ITA] +39 041 234 5605 / 5607
Interlibrary loans Request form [ITA]
Document delivery Request form [ITA]
Purchase proposals Request form [ITA]
Periodical service +39 041 234 5606 / 5608
BAUM Research Support Service
Director Daniela Grandin +39 041 234 5678


Last update: 16/07/2021