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The library


The library

Each life is an encyclopedia, a library, an inventory of objects, and everything can be constantly shuffled and reordered in every way conceivable. ~ Italo Calvino

The task of the educated imagination is to produce from the society we have to live in a vision of the society we want to live in. ~ Northrop Frye



The Library of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura of Los Angeles contains approximately 6000 volumes with a large number of books dedicated to the areas of Literature, Arts and Cinema. The books are classified in accordance with the Dewey System.
The IIC has also a Multi-Media Library that includes both VHS and DVDs.

Access and Consultation

The library and multi-media library are open to the public for consultation by appointment. However, only members of the IIC may take material out on loan without a deposit.
Some Italian newspapers and magazines can also only be consulted on site.
The library and multi-media library are open by appointment Monday through Friday, from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm to 5 pm. 
The library staff  is available to respond to telephone inquiries from Monday through Friday from 9am to 1pm and from 2pm and 5pm. Please call  310-443-3250.

To make a reservation, please contact and carefully review our health and safety requirements.


Members are welcome to borrow books, videos and DVDs for free . All other users will need to pay a $20 deposit which will be refunded when material is returned.
Books  - no more than 3 at the time - can be borrowed for a 4 week time limit, whereas video and DVDs - no more than 1 at the time - for a 2 week time limit.  
Late returns will result in a 6 month suspension from borrowing rights. 
In the event that a borrowed item is lost or damaged, the user will be required to cover the cost of replacement.