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 Friday 27 November to Sunday 13 December inclusive.

The following collections – 691 MAR – 691 VEN; 700s; Off Prints; Periodicals — will not be available for consultation from 27 June to 13 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.