The austere and elegant central cloisters designed by Bramante and the ancient monastery of Sant’Ambrogio, or St Ambrose, home to the Catholic University of Milan since 1932, are framed by modern buildings technologically fully equipped. Together with the more austere and imposing pre-existent structures, they house the great University Library.
The University Library is one of the most important Italian academic libraries hosting over 1,530,000 books, over 6,000 printed periodical publications and 19,400 online publications. The Reference Room not only is home to one of the greatest collection in Italy of Humanities studies and of ancient sources, but also is a centre for scholars from Italy and all over the world.
To it refer all the Faculty studies: Arts, Philosophy, Law, Political Science, Economics, Languages and Sociology. A special area is dedicated to Media, Cinema and Theatre Studies, an ever-increasing subject within the University syllabus, and to which Mario Apollonio, a well-known scholar in the western world, assured relevant academic importance. Through the lively cloisters by Bramante and lecture halls housed in the ancient monastery, students have access to an intimate and well organized academic environment, immersed in a magnificent historical atmosphere, equipped to help them reach for the future fully prepared and creative.
—Annamaria Cascetta, Università Cattolica di Milan, Italy; editorial board member of Anthem Studies in Theatre and Performance