Downloadable reference documents

Archives are not passive containers of our memory. They are rather proactive agents who shape it.

Covid 19 guidelines



Guidelines for the management of sanitation and disinfection operations of Archives and Libraries – Containment measures for the risk of contagion from Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidelines for the protection of Cultural Heritage


MiBACT guidelines

Guidelines for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response in Archives

MiBACT directives

Procedures for the management of the activities of securing and safeguarding the cultural heritage in case of emergencies deriving from natural disasters (MiBACT website)


MiBACT General Secretariat - Safety coordination activities

Circulars issued in the context of issues relating to the safety of cultural heritage. On the page, you can find all the documentation relating to coordination activities for the safety of cultural heritage.


Security Plan - Archival Superintendency of Lombardy

The Archival and Bibliographic Superintendency of Lombardy has promoted and coordinated the drafting of guidelines for the drafting of risk management plans for archives and libraries. Below is the link to the Superintendence website, where you can find the material.


Guidelines for the protection of the Trentino archival and book heritage

The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage of the Autonomous Province of Trento has prepared these Guidelines for the protection of the archival heritage and Trentino book on traditional support (parchment and paper)


Cifre Cultura 2014

Data relating to the protection and enhancement of cultural heritage.

Hydrogeological risk in Italy


Floods Directive - Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea Protection

Operational guidelines for the implementation of Directive 2007/60 / EC relating to the assessment and management of flood risks with reference to the preparation of maps of the danger and risk of floods (Legislative Decree no. 49/2010)


Hydrogeological instability in Italy: danger and risk indicators - ISPRA 2015 Report

The Report provides a complete and updated reference framework on hydrogeological instability in Italy due to landslides, floods and coastal erosion.
The Report presents the national maps of landslide hazard (Hydrogeological Layout Plans – PAI) and hydraulic hazard (Legislative Decree 49/2010, transposition of the Floods Directive 2007/60 / EC), created in 2015 by ISPRA through the ‘harmonization and mosaic of the areas bounded by the Basin Authorities, Regions and Autonomous Provinces on their own territory.


Alert Zones - National Research Council Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection

The Research Institute for Hydrogeological Protection (IRPI) of the National Research Council (CNR), Center of Competence (CC) of Civil Protection, has drawn up specific information sheets for each of the 134 Italian Warning Zones.

Viewer Aler Zones


The fragility of the anthropized territory - Presentation by Romeo Mariano Toccaceli, Geologist

The fragility of the anthropized territory: awareness and synthetic analysis of the main hydrogeological risk factors in Italy “

Free consultation. Please refer to the author, Dr. Romeo Mariano Toccaceli, in case of citations.

Documentation in English


Vital Records and Records Disaster Mitigation and Recovery (NARA)

This guide written by Charles G. Brett for the US National Archives and Records Administartion offers a comprehensive methodology for damage mitigation and rescue planning of archival assets at risk or damaged by emergency situations.


IFLA Disaster Preparedness and Planning

Manual for the management of emergencies in libraries and securing of library assets, published by IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions)


IFLA Get into Blue Shield

IFLA guide on how to participate in Blue Shield activities.



Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections

Armed conflict and natural disasters cause deliberate or collateral damage to cultural heritage, now more than ever. With the aim of increasing the chances of saving collections from imminent threats, ICCROM and UNESCO have joined forces to produce this illustrated guide, which can be used both by the staff of the conservation sites and by operators who intervene in emergency situations.

“Endangered Heritage: Emergency Evacuation of Heritage Collections” – Press release


First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis

ICCROM and Prince Claus Fund have published an innovative guide and toolkit for the Rescue of Cultural Heritage in times of crisis. The download is free.


Universal Declaration on Archives

The Universal Declaration on Archives was adopted by the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference on 10 November 2011.
The Declaration was developed by a special working group of the International Council on Archives. It is a manifesto on the relevance of archives in today’s society.


ICA Bibliography of Books, Journal Articles, Conference Papers and Other Printed Sources Relating to Archival Buildings and Equipment – Updated

The Expert Group on Archival Buildings & Environments of the International Council on Archives has published the third version of the bibliography on buildings and archival structures.


Preventive conservation guidelines for collections – Government of Canada

The Canadian Conservation Institute worked on this guide for the preventive conservation of cultural heritage.


WHO Guidelines for indoor air quality – Dampness and Mould

World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on air quality in the presence of humidity and mold in closed environments.