The Institute claims an in-house library with nearly 3,500 books that’s constantly being enriched and expanded by its professors, some of whom have authored the books themselves. Complete with books in both English and Italian, Umbra’s bibliotheca has a rich selection on books ranging in many topics from Italian history, culture and food to politics, art history literature and the arts; photography, music, opera and cinema.
Umbra has furthermore just recently updated its cataloging system, enabling students to access the library’s catalog directly from Umbra’s networked computer lab which now has over 30 PCs and high-speed WiFi coverage throught the Institute.
Even more unique is Umbra’s access to online journals and databases including JSTOR, Wilsons and more. With independent research and honors programs becoming more and more popular at Umbra, it is imperative that students have access to as many research sources as possible. It allows the professors to ask more from our students when extensive research resources at their disposal.
The Umbra Institute will soon be initiating a library development campaign; We hope that alumni and friends of the Institute will help us reach our goal of 5,000 well-selected books by the fall semester 2012.