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If you choose "phrase" instead of "words", you can type in the phrase computer programming and the system will understand that you want only records that have the word computer NEXT to the word programming.

Lowercase letters will find matches of capitalized words also. For example, computer will find matches for computer, Computer and COMPUTER.

You may use the Boolean operators AND and OR in your search string. For example, you could type Lie AND (algebras OR groups) to retrieve all records having algebras or groups in them, together with the word Lie.

Use the * (or ?) character to find matches that contain portions of words. For example, gun* will retrieve gun, guns, gunners, gunnery, gunning, etc. In another example, *ology will retrieve anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc. The * character may also be used to find variant spellings. For example, alumi*m will find both the American spelling, aluminum, and the British spelling, aluminium.


You can limit your catalogue search to one or more material type collections. Check for availability and shelf number for print items, or direct links to electronic resources. Licensed resources can only be accessed by authorized users within ICTP.




A highly specialized collection of monographs and conference proceedings with a focus on physics and mathematics. It includes digital texts available online or on laser discs. The volumes are on open shelves, arranged by subject according to the UDC (Universal Decimal Classification) system.
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Print titles are arranged in alphabetical order on open shelves in the Library; some older or discontinued titles are kept in separate storage areas, and can be consulted upon request to the information desk. Current issues are displayed in the Library entrance area.

Full-text electronic journals can be accessed using the search or browse functions in the catalogue.
See also: Alphabetical list of journal titles


ICTP Preprints



The archive hosts scientific research results obtained by resident scientific staff and scientific visitors at ICTP (associate members, staff associates and others) which are published as preprints or reports from 1964 to 2007, and partially to 2008. From 2006 onwards, PostScript versions and LaTeX sources are also available.





Press clippings taken from national and international newspapers and magazines.





A collection of international theses/dissertations, mainly in the fields in physics and mathematics. Items can be consulted or borrowed upon request to the information desk.





An extensive archive of photographs showing ICTP activities, events, scientists and guests.





A collection in the field of science, and historical moments in the life of the Centre, available in online streaming or upon request to the information desk.