The Library history
A.I.Psi. possesses a vast psychoanalytic library, built up thanks to donations by Stefano Farajzen, Bernhard Pacella and Emilio Servadio of three major private collections. Stefano Farajzen was a training analyst of the Italian Psychoanalytical Society (SPI) and was a founder member of the Centro Psicoanalitico in Rome. Bernhard Pacella, former President of the American Psychoanalytic Association (ApsA), lived and worked in the United States; however, as a token of his Italian origins, he decided to bequeath most of his books to A.I.Psi.. Emilio Servadio was a forerunner of Italian psychoanalysis, one of the major protagonists of the psychoanalytic movement in Italy and a founder member of A.I.Psi.. These donations have resulted in a library of over 10,000 titles and a large collection of Italian and foreign journals on psychoanalysis including past and current issues. The very first issues of major journals belonging to this library date back to the early years of the 20th Century. Among them we should mention The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, etc.
The importance of the A.I.Psi. Library
The rare books and first editions, both Italian and foreign, of classics in the field of psychoanalysis, the many books with autographed dedications to E. Servadio by famous scholars such as Anna Freud, Marie Bonaparte, Ernest Jones, Alfred Bion - to mention but a few - make the A.I.Psi. Library a very important one both historically and from the point of view of its contents.
Consultation of the Library
The A.I.Psi. Library may be consulted upon appointment by telephone on Thursdays from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. Books and journals can be consulted at the Library. Books are lent exclusively to members of the Association. A photocopying service is available to users, subject to the restrictions of the current law on copyrights. A bibliographic consultancy service on catalogues is also available.
Research on catalogues may be made according to:
Officer in charge of the Library: Maria Costanza Falaschi