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The Library

The IIC “Eugenio Montale” traditional library is comprised of more than 11,000 titles, mostly made up of Italian books of varying genre and of an extensive video collection, CDs and DVDs. Topics range from art, literature, music, philosophy and theatre; through to science, politics, history, geography, religion and archaeology.

Through the online catalogue users can perform the following operations:

  • simple or advanced searches (for example by title or author) of the whole catalogue or of a single section relating to materials other than books (videos, Cds, Dvds etc.) entitled mediateca;
  • view new acquisitions;
  • compile bibliographical lists and send them via email to different addresses;
  • propose new acquisitions;
  • obtain information and statistical data about the library;
  • access virtual resources on Italian language, literature and culture available on the internet

IIC Online Catalogue




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The Institute library is an invaluable treasure trove of information be it for work, study or personal fulfillment.
Whilst quite comprehensive, the library database is continually being upgraded with our regular and ongoing stream of acquisitions including books, local and international periodicals and modern encyclopaedias.

Access and Consultation

In order to have access to the library resources and the borrowing service please contact us at 03 9866 4729 / 0437578212.  Please send your personal details and a photo of a valid ID to

Loans and Services

Users can use the borrowing service by paying a $50 deposit, which is refunded at the end of the loan. Books can be borrowed for fifteen days, and videocassettes, CDs, and DVDs for five days. Loans can be renewed twice via phone or email. Inter-library loans are also available on request through other IIC libraries worldwide or with other Italian libraries.

Opening hours
Consultation and borrowing are available by appointment only.

The Italian Institute of Culture may not be held liable for any infringement and / or breach of Copyright Laws and Regulations perpetrated by the borrower of such materials.
Publications borrowed remain the property of the Italian Institute of Culture at all times.