Ca’ Bernardo - Dorsoduro 3199, Calle Bernardo, 30123 Venice (American Studies, Iberic Studies and Slavic Studies collections and some sections of Eurasian Studies)
map - accessible route

Palazzo Vendramin - Dorsoduro 3462, Fondamenta Foscarini, 30123 Venice (East Asian Studies collections)
map - accessible route

Palazzo Cosulich - Dorsoduro 1405, Fondamenta Zattere, 30123 Venice (European and Postcolonial Studies collections)
map - accessible route

CFZ - Dorsoduro 1392, Fondamenta Zattere, 30123 Venice (Language Sciences collections and some sections of Eurasian Studiesi)
map - accessible route



Opening Hours

Ca' Bernardo, Palazzo Vendramin
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 6 pm

Palazzo Cosulich
Monday to Thursday: 9 am - 6 pm
Friday: 9 am - 2 pm

Monday to Friday: 9 am - 12 am
Saturday: 9 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 2 pm - 12 am

You have to book the access and the services with EasyPlanning, see 'Accessing the library'.


Closing days

All the BALI libraries will be closed on the following days:

  • 25 and 26 April 2024 (CFZ will reopen with the usual opening hours from Saturday 27 April)
  • 1st May 2024
  • 2 June 2024

Accessing the library

Access to the library and book services is open to Ca' Foscari University of Venice members and external users (non-university members) with valid credentials.

You need to book via EasyPlanning or MyUniVE app and select:

  • the library you want to go to as a service 
  • the space you want to book as a location

Freshmen, new employees and those waiting for a badge can book a replacement badge by ticking the Richiedo badge sostitutivo (Request Replacement Badge) box in the “Informazioni aggiuntive” (“Additional Information”) section of the booking form.
No replacement badge is required for locations without entrance gates.

The following are Ca' Foscari University of Venice members:

  • students
  • lecturers and professors
  • researchers
  • technical and administrative staff
  • scholarship holders
  • PhD students
  • postgraduate students
  • contract workers
  • research fellows
  • honorary fellows
  • university graduates for 6 months after graduation
  • students from foreign universities under exchange agreements with Ca' Foscari University of Venice
  • visiting professors

To access the library, you must:

Members of the Alumni Association [ITA] may:

  • access the University libraries by booking via EasyPlanning or MyUniVE app and using the credentials issued at the time of registration
  • access the lending and consultation services
  • consult electronic resources from the library stations.

Alumni who are still without a badge can book a replacement badge by ticking Richiedo badge sostitutivo (Request Replacement Badge) box in the “Informazioni aggiuntive” (“Additional Information”) section of the booking form. 

The following can access the University libraries and the consultation and lending services:

  • individuals of age
  • individuals already enrolled in Ca' Foscari University Library System (SBA) 
  • individuals holding a valid card
  • individuals who have booked access via EasyPlanning or MyUniVE app with the credentials received by SMS after sending the registration form.

To apply for SBA membership or renew an expired membership card:

  • fill in the form Registration form for the University Libraries" (annual card)
  • send it to the e-mail address below enclosing a copy of an ID card
  • book after receiving confirmation of registration, which is sent within two working days.

The request should only be sent to one library: the SBA membership will automatically be valid for all the others.

IUAV members with:

  • IUAV card with the user's name: they are enabled to use library services on first booking
  • anonymous IUAV card: they have to request the printing of a special card at the time of registration.

Please send the registration form to
For more information or booking problems, write to 

Booking rooms and services

The maximum number of people allowed to be in the rooms of the various libraries at the same time is:

  • 64 in the Ca' Bernardo library
  • 70 in the Ca' Vendramin library
  • 100 in the Palazzo Cosulich library
  • 370 in CFZ

To book a seat in the reading rooms and library services via EasyPlanning or with MyUniVE app, follow these instructions:

  • Ca' Bernardo, Ca' Vendramin, Palazzo Cosulich: select “BALI [library] - accesso alle sale e ai servizi” (“BALI [library] – access to rooms and services”) as service and then choose a time slot.
  • CFZ: select

    • CFZ – consultazione” (“CFZ – consultation”) as service and “CFZ - Sala studio piano terra” (“CFZ - ground floor study room”) or “CFZ - Sala studio primo piano” (“CFZ – first floor study room”) as location;
    • “CFZ - sale per lo studio prolungato” (“CFZ – extended study rooms”) as service and “CFZ – Tesa 2” or “CFZ – Tesa B” as location.

For CFZ only, users who do not need to book a seat (to access the photocopy room, to borrow a book, for a quick consultation of a volume) can book access by selecting “CFZ - Accesso senza posto a sedere” (“CFZ – access without a seat”) as service.

Subject areas and gallery

BALI specialises in the following subject areas: American Studies, Slavic Studies, Iberic Studies, Eurasian Studies, East Asian Studies, Language Sciences.

BALI: CFZ accessible library

BALI-CFZ inclusive

Since CFZ is an accessible library, BALI has activated the BALI-CFZ inclusive service to allow to consult and/or borrow texts from the BALI collections held elsewhere at CFZ.

To request the consultation and/or the loan of a book:

  • send an email to writing the title and shelf-mark
  • ask the library’s staff if you are already in CFZ.

Once you have received confirmation that the volume is available, you can book your seat at CFZ via EasyPlanning or with MyUniVE app or ask the library staff to book for you.
Volumes must be booked 24 hours in advance.
In the CFZ main room there are five seats reserved for people with disabilities.

Please note: the “accompaniment” service is not managed by the library; people who require it must request it by contacting the Inclusion Office through the Reserved Area (Servizio Inclusione [ITA]).

CFZ is spread over two floors:

  • the ground floor is fully accessible, with the exception of the library services office (2 steps)
  • the first floor has two reading rooms: one accessible by lift, one not accessible.

Accessible routes
Reserved workstations
no Technological aids

Computers and Wi-Fi

The reading rooms are equipped with table or wall sockets for your computer.
You also can access the University Wi-Fi network.

Dedicated workstations are available for consulting the catalogue and accessing the electronic resources.


General Information
Tel. +39 041 234 9428 / 5811

Director: Natascia Danieli
Tel. +39 041 234 9465