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 2013

Print collections
Books 69,000
Additions in 2013 960
Journals, current subscriptions 267
Total print titles 1,280
Theses 1,271
Electronic and multimedia resources
Current e-journal titles 3,246
Electronic books 1,040
Pictures 3,390
Films and videos 216
Laser discs 474
Preprints 10,098
Clippings 1,282

Usage Statistics in 2013

Circulation transactions 5,209
Registered users 1,061
Gate counter 82,376

Library Services in 2013

Inter-library loans and document delivery
Items requested 79
Items issued to other libraries 582
eJournals Delivery Service
Registered users 4,900
New registrations in 2013 465
Total downloads 7,544
Junior associate book orders
Requestors 68
Books supplied 467
Recipient countries 21
Recipient institutions 41
Donated items 940