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"Eugenio Montale" Library


benjy in the iic library

Books that you have been planning to read for a long time, books that you have been unable to find for years, books that deal with your current topic of interest, books that you want to have within reach whenever you need them, books that you could perhaps put aside to read for the coming summer, books that are missing from you bookshelf, books that spark a sudden, frenetic and unjustified curiosity. (Italo Calvino, "Se una notte d’inverno un viaggiatore")

The IIC Melbourne library is comprised of more than 11,000 mainly Italian books of varying genre. Topics range from art, literature, music, philosophy and theatre through to science, politics, history, geography, religion and archaeology.

Owing to the fact that these publications are sent to the IIC not only by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome but also from various private and Governmental institutions world-wide, 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. The updating occurs through the acquisition of recent publications, consignments on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Cultural Activities and Heritage, and private donations.

In addition to all the printed media made available, the Institute is also in possession of an extensive video collection, CDs and DVDs.

Consultation and borrowing
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.