British School at Rome Library and Archive

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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. 60.000 volumes and 600 current periodicals.
Collections include:

  • Italian archaeology: prehistory, classical and medieval
  • Italian topography, especially the topography of Rome
  • ancient history and texts
  • 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 URBS (Unione Romana Biblioteche Scientifiche): the joint catalogue is available online.

The BSR digital collections website, launched in 2009, includes 15,000 records and 12,000 images of historic photographs from the Archive and maps and engravings from the Library's Rare Book Collection. 

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac?No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No, the BSR Library is reference only.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes, we are open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9.00-18.45. Details of Membership are available at


British School at Rome data on Copac

Example record from the British School at Rome collections:

Međunarodno arheološko savjetovanje "Kultovi i vjerovanja kroz povijesna razdoblja" : program i sažeci priopćenja = International archaeological symposium "Cults and beliefs throughout historical periods" : programme and summaries of reports.
  Published: Pula : Društvo za Povijest i Kulturni Razvitak Istre 2004

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