International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property
Library Services

Library Services

Library entrance – Via del Porto 13, courtyard right

Hours – 10.00 – 17.00, Monday-Friday

The ICCROM Library offers free access to researchers and the general public.  No appointment is needed.  Please present a photo ID at the entrance for access.

Entrance to the ICCROM Library by anyone implies agreement to all the Library’s rules noted below.

Our library offers you

  • Cultural heritage conservation and restoration study materials
  • Books and journals in 72 languages
  • Open stack access
  • 98,000 items
  • Online catalogue containing 124,000 entries

Please note – The ICCROM Library does not lend materials.  All materials may be consulted only the reading room.  Library staff is available during opening hours to orient users.

Subject areas include

  • Theory and history of restoration
  • Museums and museum objects
  • Archaeology
  • Built heritage and sites
  • Libraries and archives
  • Materials conservation
  • Scientific analysis
  • Disaster and risk management, illicit traffic
  • Legal protection, documentation, training
  • Cultural heritage management

Document delivery

Document delivery service by email (scanning) is available.

One request of 30 scanned pages every two months is free of charge. For further services, additional fees of 0,15 € per page will be charged.

On request, we provide photocopy delivery by post or by DHL. The shipping costs are to be borne by the user.

Please send requests to:

Please note – As per European copyright legislation, we cannot scan or photocopy whole books, but only up to 15% of library materials.

Email reference

Email reference service is available.  We reply to all requests with a list of bibliographic references from the ICCROM Library catalogue and instructions for document delivery.  In some cases we also include links to online materials   Please send requests to library [at] iccrom [dot] org.

Please note – the ICCROM Library is not a digital library.  If you find catalogue records of interest, please make a document delivery request to review the materials.

The catalogue records may contain links to PDF versions if they are freely available online.

Interlibrary loan (ILL)

In some cases, the Library will send our materials to requesting libraries for interlibrary loan.  Criteria include:

  1. Distance of requesting facility from Rome
  2. Condition and rarity of book
  3. On-site demand

ILL is provided for no longer than two weeks.  Rare books and journals are unavailable for interlibrary loan.  Return of materials must be assured using a registered delivery service with tracking number (DHL, FedEx, etc.)  This number must be communicated to the ICCROM Library by the librarian at the requesting facility.

Please note – Only librarians at requesting facilities may request ILL, not the general public.

Photocopying and scanning

Copies may be made of Library items, subject to the following conditions:

  1. The scanner provided for this purpose may only be used 15 minutes at a time. It is possible to use your own handheld devices: scanners or photo cameras. In both cases, the service is free of charge.
  2. Users may make self-service photocopies (charged 0,15 € each), using library equipment.

Users are solely responsible for complying with copyrights, personal rights, and other third-party rights when scanning or using copies. In particular, users should note that under European copyright legislation, only up to 15% of library materials may be copied.

Users will be requested to compile a special form to get a permission to reproduce material.  


Users may bring their portable computers.  The reading room is equipped with WiFi, to be used for scholarly purposes only.

Please note – By accessing WiFi, readers agree to undertake not to download, distribute or access illegal or disreputable material which could impact negatively on ICCROM.

Electronic resources

The ICCROM Library, through its EZB link (Electronic Journals Library), provides a range of full-text electronic journals.  Some of these resources are available to users only at the ICCROM premises.

Please note – In order to respect copyright agreements, ICCROM cannot give access to certain materials, especially where ICCROM holds no subscription.

Invitation letters

The ICCROM Library is open to all researchers, and no advance permission is required to access our collection.

In certain cases, ICCROM will prepare a letter of invitation, which may be used by researchers to justify a period of study at the ICCROM Library to their University or workplace.  This letter is not necessary to study in the Library.  The letter is only provided at the researcher’s specific written request.

Requests must include the following elements:

  • Full name and position title
  • Proposed dates of study
  • Topic of study
  • An updated CV
  • A letter on institutional letterhead sent directly from the researcher’s university or workplace, supporting and justifying the researcher’s request to study at the ICCROM Library, and confirming that the researcher is expected back at the institution when the period of study at ICCROM is complete.

Please note – All such requests must be emailed to odg [at] iccrom [dot] org to the attention of the “Chief Management Officer.”   Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Please allow minimum four to six weeks for processing.