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

Surface area (approx) 1,000 square meters
Shelf space (approx.) 5,000 linear meters
Reading places 70
Public terminals 12
Photocopiers and printers 2
Lockers 30

Collections as of December 2017

Print collections
Books 71,335
Additions in 2017 650
Abdus Salam Book Collection 1,398
Journals, current subscriptions 108
Journal print titles 1,291
Theses 1,273
Electronic and multimedia resources
Current e-journal titles 3,926
Electronic books 1,450
Photo archive 3,394
Audio/Visual materials 747
Press cuttings/magazine articles 1,343
ICTP preprints archive (1964-2010) 10,099

Usage Statistics in 2017

Registered users (70% male | 30% female) 1,000
Gate counter 67,290
Print items checked out 5,057
eJournals downloads (licenced eResources) >77,000

Library Services in 2017

Document delivery and Inter-library loans
Patrons requests fulfilled (55 from partner libraries) 99
Items supplied to partner libraries 167
eJournals Delivery Service
Participating publishers 10
Journal titles 1,040
Countries eligible 119
Registered users 6,100
New registrations in 2017 341
Articles delivered 2,844
Book Donations
Recipient countries 15
Recipient institutions/libraries 23
Donated items 423