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Library and Archives

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​​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 in person:
The Library and Archives are open to public reference and consultation by appointment only. To make an appointment, send us an email:

Note that there are access restrictions on some types of documents. See the document "Access rules for archival records".

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:

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