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 SEARCH catalogue

The Library subscribes to many Italian periodicals which are not widely available in the UK

Collections include:

  • 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

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Archive: (+39) 06-32649377

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Due to a long overdue intervention in the 1960s Extension, urgently needed to protect a vital resource for all researchers, the Library will be closed from Saturday 27 June to Monday 31 August inclusive and 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.


Library readers now have access to a new, state of the art scanner thanks to the generosity of the John R. Murray Charitable Foundation

Thanks to the generosity of the

Packard Humanities Institute

the Library is open:

Monday-Friday 9.00-18.45


The Library and Archive entrance is through the left hand door of the main portico

Public access to the Library is limited by the number of desks available.


The Archive is available by appointment