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Library and Archives

​​The ITU Library and Archives Service acquires, preserves and provides access to a wide range of materials on telecommunications and related topics and on the history of ITU from 1865 to the present day. Our holdings include published works (print and electronic) and unique archival materials.

Consulting the collections of the Library and Archives:
The Library and Archives are open to public reference and consultation, although there are access restrictions on some types of documents.

Visits in person
Researchers who wish to visit ITU in person to consult ITU historical materials or specialized resources on telecommunications must contact the Library and Archives Service before their visit to ensure that the materials will be available and that a librarian or archivist will be present to provide information on using the collections. To make an appointment, please send us an email:

Reference requests
The Library and Archives offer limited reference service to external researchers who are unable to visit in person. Please send us an email:

Hours: The Library and Archives Reading Room is open Monday to Friday ​by appointment only.​

Location: The Reading Room is located on the sixth floor of the Montbrillant building. Visitors to ITU must register at the reception desk at the Montbrillant building or the Tower and provide a valid ID with photo. For more information on locating our buildings, see this map.

Our collections include:
  • All ITU publications and official printed documents (e.g. Final Acts of all ITU conferences, conference and meeting documents, Recommendations and Reports, manuals and handbooks, regulatory publications, statistics, proceedings of seminars and workshops).
  • Books, reports, journals and data, in both paper and electronic format, related to telecommunications (consult the Library catalogue).
  • Historic archives documenting the activities and administration of ITU.
  • A small set of world and regional maps of telecommunications networks prepared by ITU, 1875-1930.


Contact the Library and Archives:
International Telecommunication Union
Library and Archives Service
Place des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Telephone: +41 22 730 69 00
Fax: + 41 22 730 53 26