Due to security reasons of the Embassy of France, identity checks are intensified at Palazzo Farnese’s reception.

In order to ensure your best possible reception at the library, please take note of the following rules:

  • Public access is subject to systematic checks and screening. We thank you in advance for collaborating with the security personnel to facilitate these operations that could take some minutes.
  • Please bring a valid identity document and, if you are already enrolled, your library card to access Palazzo Farnese.

If you’re not yet enrolled in the Library, or if you need to renew the card, please check how to take an appointment and get a library card at the page Registrations and renewals.

The access to the EFR Library is at the second floor of Palazzo Farnese. An elevator is at your disposal.

When you arrive, please sign the entry register placed next to the reception, specifying the last four digits of your card, your surname, your name and the hour of your entry. Choose your reading place for the day, by writing your name on the list of available places. Please, respect this assignement system, and do not change your place during the day without the permission of the personnel. We invite you to deposit your card in the card box next to the register.

Simple rules are applied at the library. Before your arrival, please take a look at the Library Rules and Regulations (in French).

When you want to go out, please place the books you no longer consult on the tables for the books to be put back, or, if you want to continue the consultation in the following days, fill in the maneat form, available at the reception points of the library, put it inside the stack of books you want to keep apart, and place the stack on the nearest collection point.

When you leave, do not forget to take back your card and sign the register again, marking the time of your departure on the same line as your arrival.

The library complies with Italian legislation on access to places of culture: it is recommended to wear a mask in all shared areas, particularly on the elevator, on the steps, at the toilets.


Have a great stay!


Click here to download the plans of the library with the pressmarks arrangement

Click here to download the pressmarks alphabetical guide



Latest update 2022/05/23


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 will be closed Saturday 8 April and Monday 10 April (Holy Saturday and Easter Monday)

Life in the library

Attention: all the books in the warehouse, normally available on request, will not be available from 24 to 31 March 2023 due to maintenance work. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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 June 2023.

Call numbers located in the Galerie du Chiffre (normally available on request) and in the Study Gallery, 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 eat and drink inside the Library. The terrace is at your disposal.

Photos are submitted to authorization.

A brand new bouquet of journals on social sciences is now available between our electronic ressources on Torrossa plateform, accessible through our catalogue. See the list.

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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