Since the CIL’s founding in the 19th century, its library has continuously expanded. Today, it holds around 10,000 systematically arranged volumes—mainly editions of Latin inscriptions from all parts of the Roman Empire: Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, Gaul and Germania; Britannia, the Danube and Balkan regions; the Eastern Mediterranean, and North Africa. Additionally, the library holds editions of inscriptions in other ancient languages, predominantly Etruscan and other idioms of ancient Italy. Volumes on specific categories of inscriptions, such as the Carmina Latina Epigraphica, can be found as well. The library also provides introductions to Latin epigraphy, as well as monographs concerning epigraphic research on more general classical questions.

Publications on the geographic regions in which the inscriptions that are edited at the Research Centre were found provide contextual information for epigraphic research, and are also part of the CIL’s library. Currently, these regions involve the city of Rome, the Vesuvian cities, the Iberian Peninsula, the Alps, and the Danube region (southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary).

The library’s inventory is complemented by encyclopaedias such as the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae and Paulys Realencyclopädie der classischen Altertumswissenschaft. Furthermore, several journals, the L’Année épigraphique, the Notizie degli scavi di antichità, the Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, the Epigraphica, and the Bullettino della Commissione Archeologica Comunale di Roma are held available.

A noteworthy addition to the library is an extensive collection of offprints and thematic excerpts, going back to the 19th century.

The CIL’s library can be searched via the OPAC of the library of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Volumes with the shelf marks “Standort: B4/556/CIL” or “Signatur: xxx=St: CIL” can be found in the library of the CIL. Our library can be accessed during the Research Centre’s normal opening hours. We welcome inquiries from interested parties.

Contact: Dipl.-Hist. Marcus Dohnicht

The CIL thanks its colleagues as well as all other persons and institutions that have generously donated books to the library.