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La Biblioteca


La Biblioteca

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
Books pose questions at the time of learning, serve as the sleeper's pillows at the time of abandon, entertain the well-fed at the time of abundance. In times of scarcity, hungry men stand on them and reach out for the last piece of bread on top of the mantelshelf 
                                                                          K. Satchidanandan, The Uses of the Books


The Library of the Italian Cultural institute in New Delhi contains approximately 8000 volumes classified in accordance with the Dewey System. It contains also several periodicals dealing with different topics, such as: Literature, Theatre, Design, Cinema.
Moreover, the Library provides an on-line catalogue which is constantly updated.
The Institute has also a multi-media Library that includes 1000 DVDs, CDs and CD ROMs.

Access and Consultation

The Library and multi-media Library are open to the public for consultation. Access is free. Books, periodicals and multi-media material can be consulted in the reading room on the ground floor which is equipped with two computer terminals provided with the OPAC catalogue of all the reference material available.

• Monday from 10.30 AM to 1.30 PM
• Wednesday from 2 PM to 6 PM
• Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM

The library staff is available to respond to telephone inquiries. Please call 011-26871901/03/04, ext. 214.

Loan and Services
Only members of the Institute, students enrolled in the language courses organized by the Institute, University students, scholars and researchers may take books and multi-media material out on loan.

The loan is free and it lasts 15 days for a maximum of three documents. The loan can be renewed by phoning to the library for a maximum of two renewals.
In the event that a borrowed item is lost or damaged, the member will be required to cover the cost of replacement plus 30% additional charges.

Loan to schools and other institutions

Book and audiovisual material can be borrowed by schools and other indian institutions by sending a fax with an official request to: 011-26871902

Photocopy service

Photocopy service is free for a maximum of ten pages. Documents scanning, a new service lately activated by the library, costs 30 rupees per page. These services are provided according to the copyright laws in force.

Online Catalogue