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UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Centre

Created in 1946 by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the UNESCO-ICOM Museum Information Centre is administered by ICOM and housed within ICOM's offices at the UNESCO House. It offers library and information services to ICOM members and UNESCO staff.

An information centre for ICOM and UNESCO documentation
The centre's collections consist of:

  • ICOM publications, ICOM archives, International Museum Office publications;
  • UNESCO publications related to the protection of cultural heritage;
  • texts of national legislation concerning the protection of cultural heritage;
  • museum directories: international, national and specialised museum directories;
  • publications and files on illicit traffic;
  • publications and files on endangered heritage and urgent situations;
  • photographs and slides on ICOM.

The centre's collections also include monographs, periodicals, museum catalogues which were transferred to the Documentation Centre of the Direction des musées de France and temporary exhibition catalogues which are stored at the library of the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, quai Malaquais, in Paris. These institutions manage these collections thanks to a convention between ICOM and these libraries. The collections are available for consultation to ICOM members.

The catalogue of the Documentation Centre of the Direction générale des patrimoines - Service des Musées de France includes the references of books and periodicals which used to be at ICOM headquarters. It is included in the data base – Capadoce - of the French Ministry of Culture and is available for online consultation at:

Information services
The UNESCO-ICOM Information Centre primarily serves ICOM members and the personnel of UNESCO by providing information about ICOM and its activities. The centre's services include: bibliographies, bibliographic searches, reference services, photocopying of articles from ICOM publications, orientation towards other information sources if necessary.

How to use the Centre
The information services are limited to ICOM members and the personnel of UNESCO. Enquiries on ICOM and its committees should be sent to the centre (by mail, fax or email), together with a photocopy of the membership card with the current yearly stamp or specification of the ICOM card number.
For on site consultation, the centre is open to the public from Monday to Thursday, from 2.00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Depending on availability of staff, non-ICOM members may use the library, but information services by correspondence cannot be supplied.

UNESCO-ICOM Information Centre
Maison de l'UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis
F-75732 Paris cedex 15, France.
Tel. +33 (0)1 47 34 05 00. Fax +33 (0)1 43 06 78 62
Email (Elisabeth Jani)
Open: Monday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. by prior arrangement

Please note that requests for general information on museum practice or museum related matters or requests for information on a particular museological topic should be sent to the Service des musées de France de la Direction générale des patrimoines, together with a photocopy of the membership card with the current yearly stamp or specification of the ICOM card number:

Direction générale des patrimoines
Service des Musées de France
Centre de documentation
6, rue des Pyramides
F-75041 Paris cedex 01, France.
Tel. +33 (0)1 40 15 36 28. Fax +33 (0)1 40 15 36 60.
Open: Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. by prior arrangement (at least one week in advance)

The centre reminds ICOM members, and particularly chairpersons and secretaries of ICOM committees, regional and affiliated organisations, that it would like to receive any publications (monographs, periodicals, reports) or documents (leaflets, brochures, etc.) produced by their committee or organisation. It also welcomes books, periodicals or any legislative texts of relevance to museums, museum ethics, protection of cultural heritage and fight against illicit traffic.
Members of ICOM who wish to develop the ICOM collection at the centre de documentation du Service des musées de France de la Direction générale des patrimoines may send books, periodicals and materials related to museum management and museum practice to this centre. Please, indicate "ICOM collection" on your shipments.

Updated: 2 March 2010