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The Library of the Olivetti Historical Archive specialises in the history of the Olivetti Company, its founders and those who have collaborated with the company.

The collection includes, for the most part, monographs, grey literature and periodicals from the Olivetti factory libraries, conferred on the library thanks to the deposit agreement stipulated in 1998 between the Olivetti Society and the Olivetti Historical Archive Association.

The factory library was born in 1938 as an after-work library and was later developed and directed by Umberto Campagnolo.

In the collections of the library of the Olivetti Historical Archive Association, there are documents, provided with stamp and alphanumeric labelling, from the 10 Olivetti factory libraries located in the factories of Ivrea and neighbouring areas to which the Technical Library, reserved only for employees, was added.
As a whole, the Olivetti library came to possess over 100,000 volumes, most of them available to the entire population of the region. A trace remains of these collections in the library of the Associazione Archivio Storico Olivetti, with texts on economics, history, politics, literature, architecture, town planning, graphics, and art.

Over the years, the collections have been enriched through the acquisition and recovery of additional book funds, such as part of the library of the Olivetti Psychology Centre, the Social Services and the library of the Pozzuoli Plant (periodicals).

The library of the Olivetti Historical Archive Association has 21,000 titles and a document library of more than 250 periodicals.

Since 2014 it has been a part of the Library System of Ivrea and Canavese and its catalogue can be consulted on the following link.

CoBiS has launched a project on Linked Open Data (LOD) applied to catalogue data, carried out with the contribution of the Piedmont Region. You can consult this new tool for accessing the book collections of six Piedmontese libraries here.

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Olivetti Document Library

Among the 250 periodicals of the document library, 3 are open (legacy of the factory document library).

Reconstructing the history of the various publications starting from Azione Riformista, the political weekly founded by Camillo Olivetti in 1920, allows us to highlight how Olivetti and its founders have dedicated themselves extensively to editorial activity.

The first company publication is the Internal Bulletin of Information, published in 1937 and promoted by the export office to publicise news of the Italian and foreign organisation. In the same year, the magazine was published. Entitled ‘Tecnica ed Organizzazione’,it was dedicated to the technical and organisational problems of the mechanical industry. In 1950, it was brought back into print with the Community Editions as a monthly of “studies on human work” and then returned with a new series until 1958, under the direct management of the Ivrea company.

1939 is the year of the Foglio di comunicazione interne, curated by the staff office as a liaison tool for all members of the Olivetti organisation. In the same year, Export BO bollettino Olivetti was also released, in which particular emphasis was placed on activities abroad, news relating to new products, new shops and social assistance services in the Ivrea plants.

Comunità, the monthly journal of politics and culture, was first published in March 1946 by Edizioni di Comunità, the publishing house founded in that year by Adriano Olivetti after the experience of Nuove Edizioni Ivrea.

For the Italian and foreign sales organisation, 1947 saw the publication of the first issue of Rivista Olivetti.

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