The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Don Mauro Mantovani, S.D.B., until now Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Salesian Pontifical University of Rome, Italy, as Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library
Access to complete or partial bibliographic descriptions in online catalogues of manuscripts, archives, printed materials, graphics, coins and medals as well as special catalogues (incunabula and visual materials). The general catalogue of library holdings performs a search for all the descriptions currently available.
Digital Vatican Library
Access to the Vatican Library’s digitized collections: manuscripts, incunabula, archival materials and inventories as well as graphic materials, coins and medals, printed materials (as special projects) currently available.
The platform is based on the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) technology, making digital materials easily accessible and usable.
News and Events
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New Prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library
The Vatican Apostolic Library Meets Irma Boom
Reservations are now available for our newest exhibition «Book! Boom! La Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana incontra Irma Boom», which will occur at the Vatican Library from 18 November 2022 until 25 February 2023
ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY 2022-2023
COVID19: Access to the Library
La Persia istoriata in RomaRead all
Disegni del secolo XIX del fondo Ashby
Con questo volume i curatori hanno inteso documentare i risultati della loro ricerca su circa cinquecento disegni e acquerelli del XIX secolo..
La Storia di Bayad e Riyad (Vat. ar. 368)
Il volume offre una nuova edizione del testo del manoscritto Vaticano arabo 368, contenente la storia di Bayād e Riyād (HadītBayādwaRiyād), e la traduzione italiana.
Between the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 the Vatican Apostolic Library presents two publications with which to inaugurate a new collection in one of its historic book series: Documenti e riproduzioni...
On Friday, 5 November, His Holiness Pope Francis came to the Vatican Library to inaugurate the new permanent exhibition space and its first show «Tutti. Umanità in cammino».
As its subtitle makes clear – «From Travel Cartography to Utopian and Allegorical maps: the Vatican Apostolic Library Meets Pietro Ruffo » ...
In recent months the Vatican Apostolic Library has completed work on a Permanent Exposition Hall. Comprising two rooms, the new space is located just off the top of the grand entrance staircase to ensure that its visitors do not disturb the work of our readers and researchers ...
Information for Readers
- Approved Ammissions
- Support for the Study
- Special Project
- Photographic reproductions
Admission in BAV
- researchers and scholars with appropriate qualifications and/or relevant scientific publications;
- teachers and researchers at Universities and other institutes of Higher Education;
- graduate students (laureati) who are pursuing research for a doctoral dissertation;
- in exceptional cases, undergraduate students who can demonstrate that they need to consult material which is available only at the Vatican Library;
- it is not open to High School students, nor, as a rule, to undergraduate University students;
The following Regulations are intended above all to assure scholars the working conditions appropriate to a place of study and research.
Therefore, scholars are exhorted to read them carefully and to respects the norms scrupulously.
Scholars who want to access numismatic material of the Library should respects the following norms.
Inventories and Index
Inventories and Index of manuscript collections in digital version
Temporarily unavailable Manuscripts
Manuscripts that can not be consulted for conservative reasons or why temporarily restored or on display.
Temporarily unavailable Printed Books
Printed books collections kept in the external stacks
Travel with Dante
Preview of the online exhibition on the occasion of the 7th centenary of Dante Alighieri’s death (1321-2021)
IIIF Thematic Pathways
The library has promoted a research activity that makes use of IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework) technology for the creation of annotations on the folios of the digitized manuscripts (transcriptions, comments on texts, glosses, illuminations, writings, identification of scribes, owners, illuminators) relating to specific selections of manuscripts.
RICI - Books and Libraries of religious orders in Italy at the end of XVI cent.
Codices Vaticani Latini 11266-11326 include the lists of the titles of the books owned by the religious of the Italian convents and monasteries, acquired by the Congregation of the Index of Prohibited Books after the publication of the Index librorum prohibitorum by Pope Clement VIII in 1596.
Reproductions for private study
It is possible to order photocopies (only for printed books published between 1601 and 2008), black & white photographs, color photographs, microfilms, or CD-ROMs made from microfilms (in the case of printed books, only if they were published before 2008), from manuscripts or from photographs of objects. Completed order forms may be submitted to the distribution desks or sent by mail to the Library.
Reproductions for professional use
It is possible to order photographic or other types of reproductions for publication by using the appropriate order forms. Fees include the cost of the reproductions plus the publication rights.
School of Library Science
- Secretariat and Direction
Anno accademico 2021-2022
Avviso per ammessi A.A. 2022-2024
Pubblicata la lista degli ammessi al biennio accademico 2022-2024
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Le iscrizioni per l'anno accademico 2020-2021 si aprono il 15 febbraio 2020 e si chiudono il 15 maggio 2020termine ultimo entro il quale dovranno pervenire le domande (farà fede il timbro postale).
Per l'ammissione occorre presentare:
- Modulo d'iscrizione debitamente compilato e sottoscritto in originale (disponibile sul sito WEB della Scuola, in Segreteria o presso la portineria della Biblioteca);
- Curriculum vitae con elenco di eventuali pubblicazioni;
- Lettera di presentazione rilasciata da una istituzione accademica, ecclesiastica, dal datore di lavoro o da persona autorevole;
- Fotocopia del titolo di studio (laurea o licenza canonica) e certificazione degli esami sostenuti;
- Fotocopia di un documento d’identità in corso di validità;
- Due fotografie formato tessera aggiornate.
- Lettera motivazionale contenuta in massimo 2000 battute.
Calendario delle lezioni, delle esercitazioni e dei laboratori
Director and Faculty members
|Mons. Cesare Pasini||Antonio Manfredi|
|Raffaella Vincenti||Bibliografia e reference|
|Paul Gabriele Weston||Biblioteca digitale|
|Francesco D'Aiuto||Il libro manoscritto antico, medievale e moderno|
|Giuseppina Cerri||Ordinamento generale e servizi di biblioteca|
|Carlo Federici||Conservazione e restauro del libro|
|Antonio Manfredi||Storia delle biblioteche|
|Paul Gabriele Weston||Teoria e tecnica della catalogazione e della classificazione|
Structure and Services of the School
- Lunedì: 9.00-17:30
- Martedì 9.00-17.30
Organization of the course
Orario Lezioni, Esercitazioni e Laboratori