It originates from the National Collective Archive of Serials [Archivio Collettivo Nazionale dei Periodici (ACNP)] in the 1970s as an initiative of ISRDS-CNR. It contains the bibliographic references of the serials owned by libraries located in Italy and covers all scientific areas.
The SBN catalogue (OPAC SBN) allows users to search the national library collective catalogue of the libraries participating in the National Library Service [Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (SBN)], the network of the Italian libraries promoted by the MiBact, the Regions and the Universities, and coordinated by the ICCU.
Since January 2017 the CNR Central Library “G. Marconi” has been part of the Centre for Science of the National Library Service (Polo EVE-SBN), after signing a collaboration agreement between the Central Libraries of the National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology (INGV) and the National Research Centre (CNR).
Since 1990, the National Central Library of Rome Catalogue has been online (Opac BNCR). Currently, the online catalogue contains information on all printed documents received in the Library since 1958 as well as important collections acquired over time and transferred to the database; all titles of periodical publications; part of the ancient monographic publications of the 16th-19th centuries (up to 1830). This catalogue also records the holdings of 18 other libraries that are part of the National Central Library of Rome (BVE). The retrieval of the retrospective has not yet been completed.
The Catalogue of the National Central Library of Florence allows searching in the database of the BNCF. From 1985 the BNCF Catalogue is online. Years earlier than 1985 are still not available. The Catalogue displays also titles held by other libraries belonging to the BNCF system.