Library services

The Library is one of the founding member of URBiS (, an integrated catalogue which reunites the resources of the following Libraries in Rome: Academia Belgica, Accademia di Danimarca, American Academy in Rome, BSR, Ecole Française de Rome and Istituto Svedese di Studi Classici a Roma.

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

Unfortunately the Library cannot send photocopies


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.