The collection of the library of the KNIR counts over 60.000 volumes, including specialized periodicals and e-resources. Our collection pertains chiefly to the archaeology, history and art history of Rome and of Italy.

Since the founding of the institute, one of the key highlights of the collection has been Papal history, with particular emphasis on the relations between the Vatican and the Netherlands, as well as to the cultural history of the Low Countries. Special attention is also given to areas in which the institute has participated in excavations, for example Pompeii, the Appian Way, Testaccio and protohistoric Latium. A small section is dedicated to ancient technology.

Recently the collection has been expanded to include more interdisciplinary works as well as new sections dedicated to Cultural Heritage studies and Museology.

Our library also houses various special collections, including a rare book collection, archaeological and art historical photograph collections, post card collections, maps and prints. In 2013 the library began a digitization project with the aim of replacing a portion of the collection with its digital counterpart.

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