British School at Rome

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British School at Rome

About the library

The British School at Rome is Britain’s leading humanities research institute abroad; a centre for interdisciplinary research in the Mediterranean supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences.

The BSR Library supports the research activity of the Fellows and resident scholars and consists of c. 100.000 volumes and 600 current periodicals. The Library is open Monday to Thursday, 9.00-19.00; Friday 9.00 - 17.00, details on access are available at

Collections include:

  • Italian archaeology: prehistory, classical and medieval
  • Italian topography, especially the topography of Rome
  • Ecclesiastical and medieval Italian history
  • History of Italian art and architecture
  • The writings of travellers in Italy
  • Ancient religions
  • Rare books collection, including Thomas Ashby's library

The BSR Library is a founding member of the network URBiS, whose website provides access to the local library catalogue.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover?No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? No - this library does not participate in the inter-library lending scheme.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


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