The library of INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Rome
dates back to the first Astronomy studies of the Jesuits, starting from the sixteenth century.
Its collections run along five centuries and include over 8000 monographs and a thousand ancient and modern periodicals. Therefore, in the area of both Astronomy and History of Science, this library represents a rich source of information for both students and researchers.
Indeed, we count over 4000 volumes: among other rare editions, there is a manuscript dating back to the fourteenth century, which gathers the main astronomical texts of that time, and can already be admired in the digital display case of this portal. This collection included 5 incunabula, over 270 sixteenth century editions and 450 seventeenth century editions. In particular, among various books of ancient Astronomy, there are remarkable
first editions of Copernicus’ works, Ptolemy’s Almagest, the Sphaera by
Sacrobosco, the Theatrum Cometarum by Hevel, Scheiner’s Rosa Ursina, as
well as Galileo’s works.
The historical-modern section, which little by little was moved to the main seat of the Astronomical Observatory of Rome, in Monteporzio Catone (south east of the city, in the area known as “Castelli Romani”), is constituted by an historical core (post 1830) of about 1000 volumes, a modern section of about 3000 specialist monographs, and a remarkable number of astronomical periodicals and publication
coming from the main Observatories of the whole world, partly bought and partly
exchanged. We should mention the fact that most of this section of the library
was moved years ago in a specially restored room under the dome, so as to
create a very charming and multifunctional space.
Lucio Angelo Antonelli
Astronomical Observatory of Rome
Roma Libray catalogue
INAF Libraries (OPAC BiblioWin)
Roma Library Catalogue
INAF Libraries Catalogue
Roma Astronomical Observatory Library
Online Journals - INAF libraries
The Italian Catalogue of Periodicals ACNP contains Italian and
International journals, both print and online formats, owned by partecipating Italian libraries.
Remote access to online Resources
Online resources available to INAF users
Remote access to online resources through IDEM
ADS Nasa Astrophysics Data System
Cern Dissertation Data base
High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center
IRSA - The Infrared Science Archive
MAST The Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes
NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive
NED - NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Data Base
Physical Reference Data
The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Numerical recipes on-line
Directory Open Access Journals
CFA Wolbach Library
The James Melville Gilliss Library
National Radio Astronomy Observatory Library