Vol. 4 No. 2 (2013)

Libraries and law firms in Italy

Ewelina Melnarowicz
La Scala Studio Legale
Federica Vignati
Università degli Studi di Milano

Published 2013-07-01


  • Italy,
  • Knowledge management,
  • Law firms,
  • Organizational culture,
  • Quantitative research

How to Cite

Melnarowicz, Ewelina, and Federica Vignati. 2013. “Libraries and Law Firms in Italy”. JLIS.It 4 (2):201-21. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-8800.


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.


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