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The Bibliotheca Carmelitana is a private research library belonging to the Institutum Carmelitanum of the Carmelite Order. The library is situated in the Carmelite International Centre of St. Albert (CISA) at Via Sforza Pallavicini, 10 in Rome, Italy, near Castel Sant?Angelo. It is on the near the end and on the Bus routes: The centre is close to the end of the number 40 bus route and the number 23 bus passes by the door.

A research library of Carmelite printed material dating from the late 15th century to the present. It contains over 22,000 titles and over 400 periodical titles from both the Ancient Observance and the Teresian (Discalced) branches of Carmelites. There is also a selection of microfilms and microfiches. The library is available for scholars of the Carmelite history and spirituality.


The library is not open to the public, but we do welcome scholars and serious students who wish to do research in our library.  The library is available by appointment with the librarian.

Monday to Friday:
Morning: 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Afternoon: 4.00 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Saturdays: 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Sunday: cloesed
Also closed from July 15 until the Monday after the first Sunday in September and from the Saturday before Christmas until January 6th. During the year it closes on designated civil and religious holidays.

For further information please contact the librarian:


Fr. Ton van der Gulik, O.Carm.
Biblioteca Carmelitana
Via Sforza Pallavicini, 10
00193 Roma, Italy
Tel.: [39] 06 - 681.00.824
Fax: [39] 06 - 683.07.200

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."