Named after the late founder and creator (together with architect Benedetto Todaro) of Quasar Institute for Advanced Design, our library is one of the main architecture and design libraries in Rome and in Italy.

The library holds rare books and the main encyclopedias on art and design, other than generalist books on the culture and phenomenology of contemporary expression. The topics of the books range from aesthetics to art, from architecture to design, from landscape and garden design to interior design and furnishing, from graphics to visual communications.

Library: “SILVIA BENEDETTI de Cousandier”

Born to give the Quasar community a space to foster and share knowledge, the Library is a fundamental tool for individual growth, for everyone’s right to an education, and for lifelong learning. The services offered aim to foster the students’ interest in reading, to give them the ability to correctly use documents (both traditional and multimedial), to know how to find them and consult them.

The Library is also a space open to the public, thanks to the partnership opened by Quasar Institute for Advanced Design with Polo SBN/RMR, the online portal to search for a document in the catalogues of Italy’s libraries. Readers from outside the University can consult our books, as long as they’re of age and they consult the book inside the library itself.


  • Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday and Friday: 2pm-6pm

The catalogue can be consulted inside the library or online on the IEI – Istituti Culturali di Roma site.

The library is also accessible for study, research and cultural growth reasons. The documents can be consulted exclusively during opening hours.