Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini’s Library

Since 1971, throughout its long experience in the field of labour and workers' rights, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini has been committed to creating a document collection, now preserved in the library of the Rome office and included in the National Library Service (SBN).

The extensive documentation and study materials are available to the public. The library has about 6 000 Italian books, 350 newspapers (mainly trade-union and economic), 5 000 company agreements (since 1967 to date) mostly in the industrial sector, the Brodolini Archive, publications relating to Fondazione Brodolini’s activities on behalf of the European Commission, and a collection of American and British works of great scientific and historic interest (among others, the American Economic Review and European Journal of Political Economy).

The library is located at the main office of Fondazione Brodolini, Via Goito 39, 00185 Rome. Tel. 06 44249625, Fax 06 44249565. It is open to the public and can be consulted upon appointment by writing an email to


Humanitarian Society Library, Milan

The Milan library is mainly focused on work-related topics. It has over 7 000 volumes on the history and culture of the labour movement, trade union movements, and parties, with particular regard to Italian and European events in the last decades of the nineteenth century up to the present day.

More than one hundred titles of discontinued newspapers and periodicals collected in the newspaper library in original or microfilm are also of particular bibliographic interest.

The library houses the Edison collection, consisting of over 15 000 volumes including monographs and specialised magazines that mainly deal with the development of the electrical industry through the evolution of technology, regulations and the social and economic context in which the development took place.

These documents cover the years 1880 to 1964 and concern the most industrialised nations of the world beyond Italy.

The library is located in the offices of the Humanitarian Society in Milan, Via F. Daverio 7, 20122. Tel: +39 02 5464056. Fax: +39 02 5412884