Online Catalogues

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AAR Library

The American Academy in Rome currently maintains the following catalogs:

Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library Catalog

Use the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library Catalog for up-to-date access to all of our holdings for advanced keyword and faceted searching for one-click access to tables of contents and full text in Google Books and additional resources, such as Google Scholar, WorldCat, and the Open Library; and to benefit from a host of additional services, such as RSS feeds, creating and downloading or emailing lists, etc.

URBiS Catalog

The URBiS Library Network unites the collections and provides updated holdings information for the following foreign Academies and Roman research institutions:

Academia Belgica
Académie de France à Rome
Accademia di Danimarca
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei
American Academy in Rome
Bibliotheca Hertziana
British School at Rome
Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
Deutsches Historisches Institut
École Française de Rome
Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología
Istituto Storico Austriaco a Roma
Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum
Institutum Romanum Finlandiae
Keats-Shelley Memorial House
Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome
Det norske institutt i Roma
Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana
Römisches Institut der Görres-­Gesellschaft
Svenska Institutet i Rom


ACNP - Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici

ACNP - Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici contains bibliographic records for periodical publications held in collections throughout Italy and in all subject areas.

Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte (Palazzo Venezia)

Although the current holdings of the Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Palazzo Venezia are accessible through the SBN catalog, older titles must be searched in their digitized catalogs. The author catalog includes material added to the collection between 1922 and 1991, while the subject catalogue covers the period from 1922 to 1998. Other specialized catalogues are available to the interested user.

Biblioteche del Polo SBN di Roma Capitale

This is a subsection of the SBN national union catalog (listed below), focused on forty-six public Roman libraries, including numerous small, specialized libraries (many of which are also described here).

Bibliotheca Hertziana

Search the catalog of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome. The Hertziana is one of the premier research centers for art history worldwide.

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II di Roma

The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II di Roma (BNCR) shares the responsibility for collecting and preserving into the future the Italian cultural heritage and publications with the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF).

ICCROM Library

The ICCROM Library contains the world’s most extensive collection of resources, in a wide variety of languages on every aspect of heritage conservation.


The L’OPAC SBN is the online public access catalog of the Italian National Library Service (national union catalog).

Polo Bibliotecario Parlamentare

The libraries of the chamber of deputies and of the senate are joined in the Polo Bibliotecario Parlamentare. The two libraries are publicly accessible and form one of the most important research libraries in Italy, with over 2.1 million volumes, thousands of journals subscriptions, ebooks and online databases, and rich rare and specialized holdings. The special collections at the Biblioteca della Camera include extremely rich holdings in topics ranging from the topography and history of the city of Rome from the sixteenth through the nineteenth century, to one of the most important collections documenting the Fascist period, and the legal and political history of Italy. The rare and specialized holdings at the Biblioteca del Senato include particular strong collections in the legal and constitutional history of Italy, as well as local Italian history from the middle ages through today, and the personal papers of important political and cultural figures of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Vatican Library

The Vatican Library holds approximately 1,600,000 printed books, predominantly old and rare, including 8,600 incunabula, and 75,000 codices, as well as inestimable archival collections.


Art Discovery Group Catalogue

Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) international virtual catalog specialized on the history of art, providing a single search on the catalogs of over fifty libraries throughout the world.


IFLANET provides links to all national and other major libraries around the world.

Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog

The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog is a meta search interface which allows you to access library catalogues via the web. It gives access to more than 75 million books and serials titles from collections throughout Europe and North America.


Libweb lists over 8,000 pages from libraries in over 146 countries.


WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. It is regularly updated with the Academy’s holdings, but for fully up-to-date information on our holdings, consult the Academy’s online catalog.


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