Color photograph of two bookshelves in the AAR library


Access to the Library by non-resident readers is by appointment only. For the safety of our readers and the AAR community, access will be reduced to a limited number of readers from Monday through Friday, from 9:00am to 6:00pm.

Access is granted only upon reservation. Reservations are personal and cannot be transferred to others. Reservations must be made at Prospective readers must fulfill the requirements and have completed the access procedures before making a reservation. Access will be limited to two days per week per reader to allow the largest number of readers to work at the Library.

The following safety measures apply:

  • As of December 6, 2021, all Library readers and AAR visitors must have a valid Italian “Super Green Pass” or equivalent
  • Masks must be worn at all times
  • Regular hand washing or use of hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing (2 meters)
  • Maintaining a well-ventilated environment

For further information and to visit the Library, please access the reservation form at

For questions and suggestions, please contact Sebastian Hierl, Drue Heinz Librarian, at s.hierl [at]

The Photographic Archive and the Norton-Van Buren Archaeological Study Collection accept inquiries and are open by appointment only.

Academy facilities are closed during most Italian national holidays as well as the fourth Thursday of November (American Thanksgiving) and on July 4 (American Independence Day).

Security Procedures

The following applies to any visitor of the AAR Library:

  • To enter the AAR Library, you need a photo ID (readers’ card; for new readers: ID)
  • No bag, backpack, or luggage larger than 40 x 35 x 15 cm (16 x 14 x 6 in.) is permitted on the property. There is no possibility to leave large items at the gate


Regular hours:



By appointment only

Photographic Archive

By appointment only

Archaeological Study Collection

By appointment only

Barbara Goldsmith Rare Book Room

Regular hours:



By appointment only