Online Catalogs

AAR Library

The Library at the American Academy in Rome currently maintains the following catalogs:

The Library’s catalog

Use the Arthur and Janet C. Ross Library catalog for up-to-date access to all of our holdings for advanced keyword and faceted searching for one-click access to tables of contents and full text in Google Books and additional resources, such as Google Scholar, WorldCat, and the Open Library; and to benefit from a host of additional services, such as RSS feeds, creating and downloading or emailing lists, etc.

The URBiS catalog

The URBiS Library Network unites the collections and provides updated holdings information for the following foreign Academies and Roman research institutions:


ACNP - Catalogo Italiano dei Periodici

The catalog contains bibliographic records for periodical publications held in collections throughout Italy and in all subject areas.

Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte (Palazzo Venezia)

Although the current holdings of the Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte in Palazzo Venezia are accessible through the SBN catalog, older titles must be searched in their digitized catalogs. The Author catalog includes material added to the collection between 1922 and 1991, while the Subject catalog covers the period from 1922 to 1998. Other specialized catalogs are available to the interested user.

Biblioteche del Polo SBN di Roma Capitale

This is a sub-section of the SBN national union catalog (listed below), focused on 46 public Roman libraries, including numerous small, specialized libraries (many of which are also described here). 

Bibliotheca Hertziana

Search the catalog of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, the Max Planck Institute for Art History in Rome. The Hertziana is one of the premier research centers for art history worldwide.

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Vittorio Emanuele II di Roma (BNCR)

The BNCR shares the responsibility for collecting and preserving into the future the Italian cultural heritage and publications with the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BNCF).

ICCROM Library

The ICCROM library contains the world’s most extensive collection of resources, in a wide variety of languages on every aspect of heritage conservation.

Indice SBN

The SBN is the Online Public Access Catalog of the Italian National Library Service (national union catalog).

Polo Bibliotecario Parlamentare

The libraries of the chamber of deputies and of the senate are joined in the Polo Bibliotecario Parlamentare.  The two libraries are publicly accessible and form one of the most important research libraries in Italy, with over 2.1 million volumes, thousands of journals subscriptions, ebooks and online databases, and rich rare and specialized holdings.  The special collections at the Biblioteca della Camera include extremely rich holdings in topics ranging from the topography and history of the city of Rome from the 16th through the 19th Century, to one of the most important collections documenting the Fascist period, and the legal and political history of Italy.  The rare and specialized holdings at the Biblioteca del Senato include particular strong collections in the legal and constitutional history of Italy, as well as local Italian history from the middle ages through today, and the personal papers of important political and cultural figures of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 

Vatican Library

The Vatican Library holds ca. 1,600,000 printed books, predominantly old and rare, including 8,600 incunabula, and 75,000 codices, as well as inestimable archival collections.


 Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) 

An international virtual catalog specialized on the history of art, providing a single search on the catalogs of over 50 libraries throughout the world.


Provides links to all national and other major libraries around the world.

Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog

The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog is a meta search interface which allows you to access library catalogs via WWW. The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog gives access to more than 75,000,000 books and serials titles from collections throughout Europe and North America.


Libweb currently lists over 8,000 pages from libraries in over 146 countries.


WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It is regularly updated with the Academy’s holdings, but for fully up to date information on our holdings, consult the Academy's online catalog