URBS Network

URBS library consortium is a non-profit cultural association with members from various academic and research institutions present in Rome, Italy and active in the field of the humanities.

Our mission is to facilitate research, maintain member’s bibliographic resources and bibliographic search tools by providing, maintaining and developing an online cooperative catalog, to encourage and promote cooperative endeavors among member institutions and with other similar research institutions which have missions analogous to our own.


c/0 Institutum Romanum Finlandiae
Passeggiata del Gianicolo, 10
00165 Rome


The URBS network was officially founded in February 1992 through the efforts of various academies in Rome, the Vatican Library and under the aegis of the International Union of Institutes of Archaeology, History and History of Art in Rome.

Today URBS is composed of 5 institutional members. These are academies and/or research institutes of Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Switzerland. One of the primary aims of URBS is to offer its users special library services, electronic resources, and a coordinated collective catalog of libraries in Rome which are specialized in humanistic disciplines and in the social sciences. It is with this aim in mind, the consortium adopted open source software (KOHA) for the integrated management of its resources.

The Consortium is a member of Art Libraries Group, OCLC World Cat and the Wikidata Group for Museums, Archives and Libraries (GWMAB).

La rete URBS ha tuttora il patrocinio dell’Unione internazionale degli istituti di archeologia, storia e storia dell’arte in Roma ed è membro di Art Libraries Group, OCLC World Cat e del Wikidata Group for Museums, Archives and Libraries (GWMAB).

The Network Libraries

Real Academia de España en Roma

  00153 Roma

Det norske institutt i Roma

  00153 Roma

Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut te Rome

  00197 Roma

Istituto Svizzero

  00187 Roma

Institutum Romanum Finlandiae

  00165 Roma




Bibliographic Records



URBS welcomes new members from Italian and foreign academic and research institutions in the field of the humanities, which have missions analogous to our own.

To request the inclusion of your library in URBS, please contact us at: