Everyone can become a member of the British Institute Library!

Membership benefits:

  • Free access to the library during opening hours
  • Open shelves access to the books collection
  • On-site consultation of rare books and archival material
  • Books and DVDs loan
  • Interlibrary loan service
  • Access to newspapers and journals
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Special discounts


Become a member

You can become a member, renew your membership and pay your deposit at the reception desk of the library during opening hours or online.

The online procedure is very easy to follow: you just need to select a membership option, the day when you wish your membership to start and your favourite payment method.



Membership prices


Full Membership*

Student Membership

Family Membership

  • Annual € 75
  • 6 months € 60
  • 3 months € 50
  • 1 month € 30
  • Junior membership € 20
  • Annual € 60
  • 6 months € 55
  • 3 months € 45
  • Annual (3 family members) € 110
  • Each additional child of the family € 20

Life Membership

1 Week Research Membership

Day Card

  • € 5,000
  • € 15
  • € 6

* Discounts available to AILO and Cultural Salon members, Teatro dell’Opera and Amici della Musica subscribers, tour guides and ASAUI members. Discounted memberships can be requested only at the library.



All members (with the exception of 2 week and Day members) may borrow up to five items at a time. Books may be borrowed for a month, DVDs for a week.

To borrow items a refundable deposit of € 25 is payable.


Special Membership Rate for Italian universities/Università dell'Età Libera

Students and staff benefit from a 50% reduction on the normal membership rates. Please note that the discount does not apply to Life memberships, one week membership and day card.


Group Membership

Educational institutions can buy a Group Membership for their students. The minimum number of students to qualify for this type of membership is 10 students. Group Membership rates are the following and include 1 free faculty member per 20 students:

  • € 20 per student for up to 2 months;
  • € 30 per student for 3 months;
  • € 40 per student for 6 months;
  • € 50 per student for one academic year.