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 World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), at the Department of Physics, University of Trieste (local branch, formerly DFT) and at the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA).

External visitors interested in consulting the Library collections, researchers from other scientific institutions or university students may apply for access by contacting the Librarian (Monday to Friday 8:30 - 16:30).

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

Take a moment to look at the Library Rules and Services.


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


In Numbers

all data refer to 2018

Surface area (approx) 1,000 square meters
Shelf space (approx.) 5,000 linear meters
Registered users (71% male | 29% female) 1,035
Gate counter 71,147
Print items checked out 4,439
eJournals downloads (licenced eResources) >54,000
Study spaces/seats 70
Public terminals 12
Photocopiers, printers and scanners 2
Lockers 30
Print collections
Books 72,327
Additions in 2018 683
Journals, current subscriptions 110
Journal print titles 1,293
Theses 1,273
Abdus Salam Book Collection 1,398
Electronic and multimedia resources
Current e-journal titles 2,443
Electronic books 1,554
Photo archive 3,394
Audio/Visual materials 1,041
Press cuttings/magazine articles 1,360
ICTP preprints archive (1964-2010) 10,099
Document delivery and Inter-library loans
Patrons requests fulfilled 76
Items supplied to partner libraries 118
eJournals Delivery Service
Participating publishers 10
Journal titles 1,040
Countries eligible 119
Registered users 6,263
New registrations in 2018 161
Articles delivered 2,258
Book Donations
Recipient countries 18
Recipient institutions/libraries 27
Donated items 545