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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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Borrow and enjoy the best of the Italian film production from the Lavazza Italian Film Festival Box Sets.


The Institute library is literally an invaluable treasure trove of information be it for work, study or personal fulfilment.
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.

Consultation and borrowing
In order to have access to the library resources and loans, we invite you to register for free through the Library Membership page >
On-site consultation of documents is open to all. Members and students of the Institute may borrow books for a period not exceeding 15 days for books and 5 days for videos, CDs and DVDs, though these may in turn be re-borrowed upon request.

Opening hours
Monday to Thursday 9:30-12:30/14:00-17:30
Friday 9:30am-12:30

Photocopying facilities are available at 20 cents per page.

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.