The ICCROM Library contains the world’s most extensive collection of resources, in over 60 languages, on every aspect of heritage conservation. It offers support to ICCROM staff, governmental agencies, and conservation students and professionals both in Rome and throughout the world.
The library is located in ICCROM’s headquarters in Via di San Michele 13, Rome and is open to anyone interested in heritage conservation from Monday to Friday 10:00 – 17:00.
There are currently more than 112,000 entries in the catalogue. The main subject areas are: conservation and preservation of historic buildings, towns, landscapes and archaeological sites; movable heritage of all kinds and library or archival materials; history and philosophy of conservation; technology of materials; analytical techniques; museology; training; legislation. Many of the references include an abstract in English and all can be searched via keywords. The Library collection includes:
- books and monographs
- periodicals (over 1,800 current titles)
- conference proceedings
- general reference works
- legislative texts and international recommendations
- published and unpublished reports
- audiovisual materials
The Library offers the following services and user-orientated facilities:
- a spacious reading room with a periodical display section
- stacks open for browsing
- access to holdings via printed or online catalogues
- online searches of ICCROM library and BCIN databases
- e-mail reference service
- copying service (document delivery)
- ICCROM bookshop: sales of ICCROM publications and other selected works
- interlibrary loans
Visitors can search for titles in printed catalogues or online at terminals permanently connected to the library database. An instruction manual is available and library staff will assist if necessary. For those unable to visit the library, staff will answer inquiries by e-mail or post.
E-mail reference services
Requests for bibliographic searches will be responded to with instructions on searching our Library Database and on downloading bibliographies in RTF format from the results screen. These bibliographies may be sent to us for document delivery service. In certain cases, the Library will prepare a bibliography on request.
Copying service (document delivery)
Copyright laws permit copying for personal use, research and educational purposes only of selected parts of books (up to 10%) or one article in any given issue of a journal. Applications should provide full details of author, title, year, volume or issue number and page numbers. Downloaded bibliographies from our library catalogue may be sent for document delivery. Photocopies are sent upon payment by credit card or international money order of a pro forma invoice and cost 0.15 euro per page plus shipping costs (if paying by credit card, please fax card number to +39 06 58 55 33 49 to the attention of the Document Delivery Service).
The documents may be sent by express courier or airmail on request, but not digitally (i.e. in PDF format) or by fax. Requests, which must include a postal address for shipping, should be sent using the form below.
Granting requests for interlibrary loans will depend on the condition and rarity of the book, on-site demand for it, and distance of requesting facility from Rome. Periodicals and rare books are unavailable for loan. Interlibrary loans will be granted for a period not exceeding two weeks. The loaned items must be returned using a registered delivery service with tracking number. A librarian in the requesting library must personally communicate agreement to this condition to the ICCROM librarian.
Contact the Library
Via di San Michele 13
00153 Rome Italy
tel: (+39) 06 58 55 33 67/06 58 55 33 66
fax: (+39) 06 58 55 33 49
The Library is open from:
Monday to Friday 10:00 –17:00