The library of the DHI Rome is composed of the Holdings History and the Holdings Music History.

Extraordinary closure and reproduction service

For technical reasons, the library must remain closed to external users until further notice. However, all external readers will have access to a reproduction service within the framework of copyright law. Please contact the following addresses for further information and orders:

Holdings History: bibliothek[at]
Holdings Music History: musikbibliothek[at]

The Rules:

  • Up to 200 pages a month are free.
  • It is not possible to scan articles from journals up to 2016 of the history holdings.
  • University students can request up to 300 pages a month for free.
  • Italian copyright laws are however applicable, therefore only part of a book (up to 15%) can be scanned.
  • Musical scores may not be scanned.

Should circumstances render us short-staffed, we reserve the right to scale down this service.

Historical Collection (before 1850)

For the purpose of preservation, ancient books are located in a separate room. In order to consult a publication preceding 1850, please speak to a library staff member.
For better organization, you can send us your request via email to:

These books may only be consulted in the reading room while using the protective equipment available in the library.

New services offered

A scanner is now available at the entrance of the library. Users may autonomously scan library material and upload it to a USB flash drive.

Address and contact

German Historical Institute in Rome
Via Aurelia Antica, 391
I-00165 Roma

How to reach us

Reading Room History
Email: bibliothek[at]
Phone: +39 06 660492-44

Reading Room History of Music
Email: musikbibibliothek[at]
Phone: +39 06 660492-33