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About the Library

All information is subject to change due to temporary COVID-19 arrangements.


The Marie Curie Library counts among the top research libraries in Europe. It provides high-quality resources and services to support scientific research and teaching in fields ranging from High Energy Physics to Earth System Physics. The Library preserves and curates documentation on the institutional history and runs programmes aimed at the dissemination of scientific literature in least developed countries.

Visitor Information

Located in the ICTP Campus, on the first floor of the Leonardo Building, the Library is open to scientists, students and staff of the ICTP, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Department of Physics of the University of Trieste and 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.


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 2019

Surface area (approx) 1,000 square meters
Shelf space (approx.) 5,000 linear meters
Registered users (72% male | 28% female) 1,074
Gate counter 73,409
Print items checked out 3,855
eJournals downloads (licenced eResources) >34,000
Study spaces/seats 70
Public terminals 9
Lockers 30
Print collections
Books 72,497
Additions in 2019 638
Journals, current subscriptions 90
Journal print titles 1,156
Abdus Salam Book Collection 1,398
Electronic and multimedia resources
Current e-journal titles 1,916
Electronic books 1,767
Photo archive 3,283
Audio/Visual materials 1,045
Press cuttings/magazine articles 1,356
ICTP preprints archive (1964-2010) 10,099
Document delivery and Inter-library loans
Patrons requests fulfilled 57
Items supplied to partner libraries 136
eJournals Delivery Service
Participating publishers 10
Journal titles 1,040
Countries eligible 119
Registered users 6,365
New registrations in 2019 112
Articles delivered 1,530
Book Donations
Recipient countries 14
Recipient institutions/libraries 27
Donated items 328