The BSR Library is a specialist reference resource welcoming scholars and students from across the world The open-shelf collection consists of c. 60,000 volumes and 600 current periodicals New acquisitions since 1992, all periodicals and approx. 90% of pre-1992 volume are available on-line on the URBiS Library Network catalogue. The Library subscribes to many Italian periodicals which are not widely available in UK Collections including:

  • Italian archaeology: prehistory, classical and medieval
  • Italian topography especially Roman topography
  • ancient history and texts
  • ecclesiastical and medieval Italian history
  • history of Italian art and architecture
  • the writings of travellers in Italy
  • ancient religions
  • rare books collection, including Thomas Ashby’s library



Library: (+39) 06-32649380 Email the Library   Archive: (+39) 06-32649377 Email the Archive


Due to a long overdue intervention in the 1960s Extension, urgently needed to protect a vital resource for all researchers, the Library and the Archive will be closed from Saturday 14 November to Sunday 6 December inclusive.

The following collections – 691 MAR – 691 VEN; 700s; Off Prints; Periodicals — will not be available for consultation from 27 June to 6 December 2015 but all other sections will be available.

There may be some disruption and noise and we apologise for any inconvenience.

The video below shows a timelapse of a kilometre of books being removed from the Library in preparation for the works. More details can be found on our blog.