The holdings of the library of the Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Rome, run to approximately 307,000 volumes, including 2,643 periodical and yearbook titles, 955 of which are current subscriptions. The library focuses on the history of Italian art and culture from the Middle Ages to the modern era, the dissemination and integration of Italian art into Europe and beyond and on the links between art history and neighbouring disciplines.

Of the library’s holdings of rare books, 350 Rome guidebooks and volumes of engravings have been digitised.

Of particular note among the holdings of microfiches are the auction catalogues (Frits Lugt, Répertoire des catalogues de ventes publiques, 1600-1825) and the reproduction of the library of Leopoldo Cicognara (Leopoldo Cicognara Program at the University of Illinois Library, Urbana-Champaign /Ill.).