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IRAS 17516-2525 is a cool object at infrared wavelengths between 1 and 60μm. Spectroscopy in the wavelength ranges 2 - 2.5μm and 3 - 3.5μm shows the presence of Brα, Brγ, Pfγ emission lines and of a weak C2H2 absorption band, all clearly associated with the IRAS source. At the infrared position a faint star with a visual magnitude of about 20 is found.