Opening hours:

About the Library

The Marie Curie Library's purpose is to offer essential high quality services and provide information support to ICTP researchers, visitors and participants in the activities organized by the Centre, in line with the ICTP mission. Moreover, it runs programmes aimed at the dissemination of knowledge in least developed countries.

Visitor Information

The Marie Curie Library (Leonardo Building, first floor) is open to scientists, students and staff at ICTP, at the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), at the Department of Physics, University of Trieste (local branch, formerly DFT) and at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA). During weekends, access is restricted to members and visitors of these institutions.

External visitors interested in using the Library, researchers from other scientific institutions or university students may apply for access during weekdays by contacting the Librarian at the Information Desk.

Reference assistance is available in person or by phone during opening hours. The Library offers computer terminals, institutional wi-fi, facilities for printing, copying and scanning bibliographic material, document-delivery service.


Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 8.30 - 20.00
Saturday & Sunday: 9.00 - 20.00

Mailing Address:
Marie Curie Library
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Strada Costiera 11
I-34151 Trieste (Italy)

Phone: (+39) 040 2240 306
Fax: (+39) 040 2240 394


In Numbers

Surface area (approx) 1,000 square meters
Shelf space (approx.) 5,000 linear meters
Reading places 70
Public terminals 12
Photocopiers and printers 2

Collections as at December 2014

Print collections
Books 70,000
Additions in 2014 881
Journals, current subscriptions 137
Total print titles 1,280
Theses 1,273
Electronic and multimedia resources
Current e-journal titles 3,162
Electronic books 1,162
Pictures 3,390
Films and videos 219
Laser discs 457
Preprints 10,098
Clippings 1,312

Usage Statistics in 2014

Circulation transactions 4,984
Registered users 1,000
Gate counter 80,398

Library Services in 2014

Inter-library loans and document delivery
Items requested 85
Items issued to other libraries 444
eJournals Delivery Service
Registered users 5,175
New registrations in 2014 275
Total downloads 7,225
Recipient countries 26
Recipient institutions 36
Donated items 602