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History Library

The Casanatense owes its birth to Cardinal Girolamo Casanate (1620-1700), who bequeathed his book collection to the Dominicans of the convent of S. Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.

Bibliographic Collection

The Library possesses about 400,000 volumes, of which about 60,000 are still contained in the ancient Monumental Hall. Within this library holdings are more than 120,000 printed volumes.

Museum Collection

The two globes, terrestrial and celestial, the armillary sphere, and other ancient scientific instruments, together with a collection of coins, archaeological finds and sulphur casts, enrich and complete the extensive book sections dedicated to science, numismatics and archaeology.


The Casanatense has participated in the SBN Index since 1991. All of its holdings from that date onwards, as well as all previous material entered in the Index over time, are therefore traceable in Opac.


The Casanatense Library adopts the Minerva Access computer system, which is able to quickly and efficiently provide booking, consultation and loan services for the material it holds, via the Internet.

Digital Shelves

Thanks to the subscription to OCLC’s CONTENTdm product, it is possible to access the digital collections of the Casanatense Library from any device, in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Public Notices

Change in Opening Hours May 2024

CHANGE IN OPENING HOURS MAY 2024 Tuesday 14 May and Thursday 16 May Reading room: from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Book delivery and book loan services end one hour before closing Wednesday 22 May and Monday 27 May The Monumental Hall will not be accessible due to...

13 May, 2024

Opening Hours May 2024

OPENING HOURS MAY 2024 The Casanatense Library will be closed on the 1st of may 2024 for national holiday. From the 2nd to the 31st of may 2024:   Reading room: Monday from 09.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 09.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m....

30 Apr, 2024

Salon Placement

Please be advised that, due to some improvement works that are affecting the Monumental Hall, some of the locations are temporarily inaccessible. For any further information or clarification, you can also contact the library by telephone on +39 06 69760300 or by...

5 Mar, 2024

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