Libraries and law firms in Italy


The following publication presents the results of the first study on law firm libraries in Italy. To date there are only few publications on this topic, therefore it has been considered interesting to determine the distribution of law libraries and professionals involved.

 The study, which was based on a sample population of 100 largest law firms in Italy by revenue, employed an online questionnaire and the data were collected through web site analysis aiming to identify a library, a knowledge management service and editorial activities. Besides variables regarding revenue, location and number of lawyers were extracted from the data of the sample population in order to validate the results.

The study determined, even though the response rate was quite low (35% of the population) thus the sample is partially representative, that most of the law firm libraries show characteristics in common including resources, services and tools which may represent a large-scale standard.


Italy; Knowledge management; Law firms; Organizational culture; Quantitative research; Special libraries

Full Text:

Testo (Italiano) Text




Agnoli, Maria Stella. Il Disegno Della Ricerca Sociale. Roma: Carocci, 2004. Print.

Bassani Antivari, Gaia. "Gestire La Conoscenza Per Migliorare L'efficienza e Garantire Continuità Al Cliente." 11° Meeting ACEF (R)INNOVARE LO STUDIO dell'Avvocato. Milano, Italia, 2011. Print.

Breslin, Jas. "Research and Resources for Corporate Lawyers." 11.1 (2011) : 65–68. Print.

Capitani, Paola. Il Knowledge Management. Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2006. Print.

Di Carlo, Amalia. "Stesso Podio sull'Olimpo." 6 (2012) : 40–63. Print.

Caselli, Marco. Indagare Col Questionario. Introduzione Alla Ricerca Sociale Di Tipo Standard. Milano: Vita e Pensiero, 2007. Print.

Danner, Richard A., Kauffman, S. Blair, and John G. Palfrey. "Twenty-First Century Law Library." 101 (2009) : 517–523. Print.

Denscombe, Martyn. The Good Research Guide: For Small-scale Social Research Projects. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2003. Print.

Evangelista, Pietro. "The Adoption of Knowledge Management Systems in Small Firms." 8.1 (2010) : 33–42. Print.

Fox, Claire. "Developing Legal Information Services in a Medium-Sized London Law Firm by Improving Relationships Within the Firm." 10.3 (2010) : 228–234. Print.

Heller, Heidi W. "The Twenty-First Century Law Library: A Law Firm Librarian's Thoughts." 101.4 (2009) : 517–523. Print.

Koenig, Michael E. D., and Morgen MacIntosh. Information Driven Management Concepts and Themes : a Toolkit for Librarians. Munchen: Saur, 1998. Print.

Maiello, Rosa. "Law Libraries in Italy." World Library and Information Congress: 75th IFLA General Conference and Council 23-27 August 2009. Milano, Italia, 2009. Print.

Marke, Julius Jay, Sloane, Richard, and Linda M. Ryan. Legal Research and Law Library Management. New York: Law Journal Press, 2007. Print.

Morcón, Cristina Rodríguez, Pérez García, José, and Juan Alberto Sigüenza Pizarro. "Il Knowledge Management in Uno Studio Legale." 3.1 (2002) : 51–55. Print.

Pickard, Alison J. La Ricerca in Biblioteca: Come Migliorare i Servizi Attraverso Gli Studi Sull'utenza. Milano: Bibliografica, 2010. Print.

Pitrone, Maria Concetta. "L'intervista Con Questionario." Ricerca Sociale: Dal Progetto Dell'indagine Alla Costruzione Degli Indici. Carocci, 2007. Print.

Profili, Silvia. Il Knowledge Management: Approcci Teorici e Strumenti Gestionali. Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2004. Print.

Rapanà, Paola. Fotografia e Tendenze Evolutive Nell'approccio Manageriale Alla Gestione Degli Studi Legali. S.l.: Milano, 2010. Print.

Rudman, Sarah. "Knowledge Management and the Intranet at Field Fisher Waterhouse." 9.4 (2009) : 250–253. Print.

Sarkanen, Anneli. "Using Wikis as Cost Saving Tools at Field Fisher Waterhouse." 10.4 (2010) : 260–265. Print.

Tearle, Barbara. "Law Librarianship and Legal Information Provision in the 21st Century." 8.1 (2008) : 4–10. Print.

Article Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2013 Ewelina Melnarowicz, Federica Vignati

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. is a journal of UNIFI-SAGAS published by EUM - edizioni università di macerata