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Library and photographic archive

The research library and the photographic archive is open to the public. They are unique resources for research and specialists and fill a vital role at the Institute and in the day-to-day sholarship, research and dissemination of knowledge of Cultural Heritage, Art History and Archaeology of the Mediterranean countries. The Institute has a reading room with extended opening hours for researchers and students from Norwegian universities. 

Opening hours library

Monday-Friday: 9:00–16:00.
August closed.
All users must make an appointment with the librarian before arrival.

The photographic collection

  • The photo archive was established in 1963.
  • The core of the collection consists of pictures taken by Hans Peter L'Orange, Hjalmar Torp and Ejnar Dyggve in the 1930s and 1950s, and is related to related to art and architecture in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages.
  • The collection consists of around 3000 glass plate negatives and slides and 3500 prints and negatives.
  • Inventory of the archive: Places and monuments (PDF) and Topographic inventory  (PDF).
  • Kindly make an appointment with the librarian if you wish to consult the archive

The library collection

The library contains around 25 000 books and journals. The library collection combined with the library’s printed material, images and archives, makes it a unique resource for exploring the art, archaeology, and history of Italy and the Mediterranean basin. The library also contains a substantial collection related to the High Middle Ages, Late Antiquity and Roman Archaeology.

Use of the library

  • Facilities for printing, copying and scanning
  • Digital document delivery
  • Access to resources from other libraries


Telephone: +39 06 58391005

Librarian: Manuela Michelloni