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


The first video below shows a timelapse of a kilometre of books being removed from the Library in preparation for the works, and the second video shows those books being returned at the beginning of December 2015. More details can be found on our blog.