The library of the Swedish Institute of Classical Studies in Rome contains c. 70.000 volumes and 200 current periodicals in the fields of classical archaeology, Mediterranean topography, with particular regard to Italy and Rome, etruscology, classical art, ancient history, classical philology, prehistory, history of art and architectural history, conservation and restoration of cultural property. The library also houses small collections in archaeology, art, history and literature of Sweden.

Special collections: the Swedish Minister Carl Bildt’s (1850-1931) collection of literature on Saint Bridget, Queen Christina of Sweden, and cultural relations between Sweden and Italy; Carl Hernmarck’s (1916-1978) books on Rome and travels to Italy; Leon Yarden’s (1920-1988) collection of Judaica; the Danish art historian, Jørgen Birkedal Hartmann’s (1910-1998) donation, consisting of monographs, periodicals and off-prints within his field of research, the Neo Classical period.

The library is open on appointment.
To arrange for an appointment please email:

Admission: to use the Library a letter of introduction and an identification card are required.

Staff contacts:

Head Librarian:
Dott.ssa Astrid Capoferro,

Dott.ssa Federica Lucci,

Svenska Institutet i Rom – Biblioteca,
Via Omero, 14, 00197 Roma5

The Library does not lend books.


– Wi-Fi connection is available in the Library.

– Scanning: a self-service scanner is available in the Library. Ask the librarians for further information.

– Photographs: it is possible to use digital cameras in the Library. Ask the librarians for further information.