The Biblioteca umanistica e della formazione is part of the University library system. It is composed by different sections, among which the most closely connected to DIUM are Santa Lucia, Periodici, Fondi speciali and Cinemantica in Udine, and Polo Santa Chiara in Gorizia. Each location offers access to the internet through a Wi-Fi network (Eduroam), so that visitors can use their own personal devices. Libraries are open to students, teachers, researchers, technical-administrative staff of the University, but also to the general public (upon registration).
All the information about the bibliographic material already available or being acquired, as well as library loans, reservations and services are accessible in the online catalogue.
The Library Center for Humanities and Education stems from the need to concentrate in a single location the entire collection of books, documents and audiovisual material relating to these cultural fields, which were previously scattered across various University venues. For this purpose was chosen the 14th century complex comprising the Augustinian Monastery and the adjoining church dedicated to Saint Lucy (Santa Lucia): today the edifice hosts about 300 thousand volumes including monographs, catalogues, reference works, encyclopedias, dictionaries and bibliographies (which are accessible either on open shelves or through a mobile shelving system), together with an area entirely dedicated to music, where sheet music and almost 1700 CDs are to be found, and the Biblioteca Austriaca, the prestigious collection donated to the University by the Republic of Austria.
Overall, the library offers resources relating to disciplines such as Bibliography, Library Science, Publishing, Philology and Papyrology, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Social Studies, Linguistics, Foreign Language, Science, Technology, Fine Arts, Photography, Music and Cinema, Literature, History and Geography.
About 50 seats are available for consultation, as well as 14 computer work stations with internet access for bibliographical researches, two copy rooms, one microfilm reading room and a meeting and conference room which can hold up to 15 people.
Journals are currently hosted on the ground floor of Palazzo Antonini-Cernazai, in the so-called Periodici section. The collection consists of 3334 titles, of which 639 are still running, and constitutes an important bibliographical resource for studies in fields such as History and Art History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Social Studies, Philology, Archaeology and Italian and Foreign Literature. The material is organized in mobile shelves and is therefore free for consultation.
This section consists of 22 special collections comprising rare and valuable publications and a variety of documents (correspondence, deeds etc.), which belonged to various institutions and illustrious figures, acquired by the University either by donation, purchase or on loan.