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
information centre for ICOM and UNESCO documentation
The centre's collections consist of:
ICOM publications, ICOM archives, International Museum
UNESCO publications related to the protection of cultural
texts of national legislation concerning the protection
of cultural heritage;
museum directories: international, national and specialised
publications and files on illicit traffic;
publications and files on endangered heritage and urgent
photographs and slides on ICOM.
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: http://capadoce.ext.culture.fr/capadoci/jsp/system/win_main.jsp
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (Elisabeth Jani)
Open: Monday to Thursday
from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. by prior arrangement
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)
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