Churchill Room

Photo by Giulio Sarchiola

Library services

The Library is one of the founding members of URBiS (, an integrated catalogue which reunites the resources of 23 research libraries in Rome under the patronage of the Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia Storia e Storia dell’Arte

Other Libraries in Rome are welcome to join the network to fulfil our mission:

To support and promote excellence in research by providing coordinated access to resources in the social sciences and the humanities through an international scholarly Library network based in Rome


Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Library for scholarly purposes
By accessing the Wi-Fi readers agree not to download, distribute or access any material of an illegal nature or which could bring the BSR into disrepute


JSTOR provides full-text searches of digitized back issues of many academic journals
Library Members can access the BSR’s JSTOR subscription through four dedicated terminals in the Catalogue Room

Photocopies and scanning

Readers can photocopy or scan books in the Library in accordance with copyright law:


  • 15 cents per A4 copy
  • 30 cents per A3 copy


  • 10 cents per scan

Books larger than A3 cannot be photocopied but can be photographed by the reader using the copy-stand

Closed-access material cannot be photographed or photocopied



Monday 30 April

The Library and Archive will be closed


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