Library and Archives - Kosmos Unipv

Library and archives

The library

The museum of natural history library houses about 8000 volumes on zoology and comparative anatomy dating to the years from 1875 to 1960.

A list of monographies can be consulted online at the university open access catalogue.

There are 297 periodicals, with 2 subscriptions still active.
The catalogue of periodicals is available online at the Italian catalogue of periodicals (ACNP). The code for Pavia University is PV136.

The university possesses collections of zoological miscellanies numbering up to 20.000 extracts, deriving from the research of Pietro Pavesi, Cesare Artom, Carlo Jucci and Mario Pavan.

The archives

The material in the archives documents the creation of the natural history collections and, in addition to numerous manuscripts on the history of the museum, it includes the personal archives of Pietro Pavesi, Rina Monti and Mario Pavan.

Opening hours

The library is situated at the Kosmos Pavia offices

Piazza Botta 10
27100 Pavia

Reading room – consultation room
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 – 12:30 and 14:30 – 17:00


Consultation of the catalogues
Material cannot be borrowed, but an appointment can be made to consult material in the archive consultation room (

The library supplies photocopies and scans of bibliographic material on request, for legal uses. The service is free on a reciprocal exchange basis with other libraries. Requests can be made by email to

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