Library Services

On-line Catalogue

The BSR Library is a member of the Unione Romana Biblioteche Scientifiche (URBS) network of Roman research libraries founded in 1992.

The URBS and URBS+ catalogues offer a unique bibliographic resource for research in the humanities.

For the BSR Library, new acquisitions since 1992, all periodicals and approx. 80% of pre-1992 volumes are available on-line.


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 and pre-1800 cannot be photocopied but can be photographed by the reader using the copy-stand

Unfortunately the Library cannot send photocopies


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 Archive is available by appointment

The Library 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.