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Access: non-residents

Non-residential scholars

Non-residents are very welcome at the British School at Rome Library

A Library Membership scheme is available to scholars wishing to use the BSR Library and Archive

Library Membership gives access to the Library during opening hours 9.00-18.45 Monday to Friday until the 28 reserved desks are occupied

To become a Library Member

Application should be made in person and you will need to bring:

  • a letter of introduction from  your university or academic institution
  • if applicable, confirmation of residency in another foreign academy in Rome
  • passport-size photograph
  • passport / proof of identity

There are 2 categories of Library Membership:

  • Annual : 30 euro
  • Monthly: 10 euro

This fee is waived if you are resident at one of the other foreign academies in Rome

BSR Members receive free Library Membership on confirmation of their status

Download forms

Application for Library membership (English / Italian)

Library information (English / Italian)

Agreement to Library information (English / Italian)

Internet access guidelines (English / Italian)


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.