This section continues to grow and is comprised of a collection of monographs and extracts, the result of acquisitions and exchanges between the Foundation and other libraries and centres of study dedicated to mountain areas in Italy and abroad. Access can be gained to this collection through the Provincial OPAC system (
In order to encourage use and research activities involving library materials, this section has been divided into 12 units. The system of categorization is not intended to represent hard boundaries between subject areas, and as such there is significant overlap in subject matter. The units have been categorized as follows:

Geo: Natural sciences section dedicated to processes of formation and transformation of mountains. Subjects include: geology, geomorphology, fossils, slides, tunnels, caves and caverns, and evolution and stabilization of slopes.

Acq: Natural sciences section dedicated to the hydrological cycle, including meteorology, water, snow, ice, avalanches, and natural and artificial catchments.

Bos: Natural sciences section regarding mountain flora. Subjects include: forests, plants, shrubs, grasses, flowers, lichens, fruits and fungi, silviculture, and norms/law and planning.

Fau: Natural sciences section regarding mountain fauna. Subjects include: wild animals, fish, amphibians, snails, insects and micro fauna, livestock farming, hunting, and norms/law and planning.

Ins: Section with documentation of human presence in mountain areas. Subjects include: Prehistoric and proto-historic settlements, Roman settlement, medieval settlement, modern and recent settlement; life-ways of mountain peoples, communication and transportation routes, and war and resistance in the mountains.

Mes: Section describing traditions and ways of life in mountains. This section includes: Trades, craftsmanship, agricultural work, woodlands, pastures, the domestic sphere, transportation, festivals, and music.

Pro: This section is dedicated to documentation of contemporary issues concerning mountain areas: planning, proposals, projects, tourism, roadways, railways, parks and protected areas, ecology, and aspects of the law covering mountain areas.

Stu: Section on specialized studies on mountain areas: geographical studies, cartography, demography, toponyms (place names), linguistics, planning, architecture, mountain sport and medicine.

Alp: This is a descriptive section on mountain sports, including different modes of “going to the mountains”. The following subjects are given treatment: exploration, walking excursions, alpinism, skiing, caving, alpine clubs, photographic documentation, cinema and visual representation.

Let: The mountains represented by artists. Subjects include: Storytelling, fables, diaries, poetry, mountain literature, photography, drawings and sketches, paintings.

Diz: Library tools. Subjects are: dictionaries, catalogues, manuals.

Gui: Guide books for mountain walking excursions, alpinism, tourism, art, and natural sciences.