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

Extraordinary closure and reproduction service

Due to the measures to contain the spreading corona virus, the library will be closed to external users until further noticeFrom June 3, 2020, 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.
  • 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.
This offer is currently valid until the end of July.

We can also recommend using the document delivery service of the German Archaeological Institute in Rome.

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.

Important announcement

There are new rules in place for consulting volumes of the Reading Room History: due to mould contamination, journal volumes dated up till 2016 will be only be handed out once a day.
For this reason a request for the books must be made before 11.00 in the library, via email to bibliothek[at], or by telephone on 06-66049240. The desired volumes will subsequently be available from 14.00. Contaminated books are not available to read and it is not possible to make photocopies of them.
We thank you for your collaboration and understanding.

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