With over 215,000 volumes, the EFR Library is the biggest French research library outside the French territory.  

The Library is spread over three floors at the Palazzo Farnese: the 2nd floor, the mezzanino, and the 3rd floor.

It offers 220 reading places, 180,000 volumes in free access, about 2,200 periodical titles. 30,000 volumes, kept in a warehouse in the basement of the building, can be consulted on request.

The growth of the collections has accompanied that of the École since 1873. The main fields of specialization are:

  • Archaeology of the Central Mediterranean region
  • History of Roman civilisation
  • History of Italy
  • History of the Church

The acquisitions policy is defined as one of the School’s primary missions:

The École française de Rome develops, in Rome and Italy, and in the countries of Southeast Europe bordering the Adriatic Sea, research programmes in the fields of archaeology, history, and other human and social sciences, from Prehistoric times to the present.
 (Article 3, II -Décret No. 2011-164 of February 10, 2011 on French Schools Abroad (NOR: ESRS1014943D).

A Collection policy statement (French version) , sanctioned by the Scientific Council of the École française de Rome, defines the overall development policy applied to the Library’s collections.

The CollEx quality label (Collections d'excellence) has been attributed for five years (2018-2022) to the Roman Antiquity and Italian History collections.

In 1989, the Library has considerably increased its collections in the field of History of Law thanks to the Edoardo Volterra legacy, which consists in 10,000 books (including a collection of 1,615 ancient volumes), and 16,000 separate titles.


All the staff is at your disposal : accueil.bibliotheque(at)efrome.it

Last news from the library

Opening Hours

The EFR's library is open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m,
on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Holidays and closing days 2023

Library card registration service is open from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

See how to get a Library card or renew it

The library is closed Friday December 8, 2023 (Immaculate conception).

Life in the library

Rooms 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 have finally been renewed. They are now all open and their collections are available. 


Farnese worksite: works on the Via del Mascherone side

The restoration of the facades and roofs of Palazzo Farnese is progressing: works on the Via del Mascherone side have begun. Noise disturbances are to be expected, as well as the unavailability of certain collections until Fall 2023.

Call numbers located in the Galerie du Chiffre (normally available on request) and in the Galerie des études, on the Via del Mascherone side, are unavailable. A selection of volumes has been moved to allow consultation.

See the list of call numbers concerned and the plan of temporary locations.


We remind you that it is forbidden to consume food and beverages inside the Library. The terrace is at your disposal.

Photos are submitted to authorization.


Explore our latest acquisitions on display

See the rooms and their collections on the plans of the library.

Know more about the worksite


Palazzo Farnese

Piazza Farnese, 67

00186 Roma

Tel: +39 06 68 60 13 30

Email: accueil.bibliotheque(at)efrome.it

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