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The BSR Library is a specialist reference resource welcoming scholars and students from across the world. The open-shelf collection consists of c. 110,000 volumes (books and periodicals) and 600 current periodicals. The Library subscribes to many Italian periodicals which are not widely available in UK

The catalogue is available at: URBiS Library Network catalogue
Collections include:

  • 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 religion, law and philosophy
  • rare books collection, including Thomas Ashby’s library


Library: (+39) 06-32649380 Email the Library
Archive: (+39) 06-32649377 Email the Archive

Our Library will re-open for non-residents
from 25 October

Monday to Friday


For more information on how to reserve your desk:
Access: non-residents


Digital Collections website

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