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The Vatican Library, one of the worlds largest, preserves a rich collection covering many fields of human knowledge (literature, history, art, law, astronomy, mathematics, natural sciences, medicine, liturgy, patristics...). Here are some numbers to give an idea of its size: 80,000 manuscripts and around 100,000 archival units; over 8,600 incunabula; tens of thousands of sixteenth-century editions and even more seventeenth-century ones; 1,600,000 printed books; 300,000 coins and medals; 150,000 prints, drawings and engravings; and over 150,000 photographs.
The tasks of ensuring the preservation of such a collection; of putting collection at the disposal of scholars, both in the reading rooms and in the form of reproductions; and of providing adequate services to a large and specialized readership, all depend on constant attention to necessary modifications, consolidations, enlargements and acquisitions. Accomplishing all this requires considerable resources.


Numerous benefactors have generously and concretely contributed to the financing of the important and onerous building works in the Vatican Library, for the acquisition of photographic equipment, for the restoration of manuscripts and books, for cataloguing projects and other initiatives.

The Vatican Library wishes to thank explicitly the following persons and Institutions which, in this way, have allowed it to improve the service it offers to the world of culture and research:

for the building works:
  • Fondazione Italcementi Cav. Lav. Carlo Pesenti (construction of the new elevator and other work spaces)
  • Mapei S.p.A. (works in the Manuscript Stacks)

for the acquisition of photographic equipment:
  • Istituto per le Opere di Religione
  • 1877 Stein S.r.l.
  • Gunnebo Italia S.p.a.
  • La Forgia S.r.l.
  • Dott. Alfredo Gysi
  • Dott. Leandro Ferrari
  • Dott. Bernard Keller
  • Dott. Piero Vannotti

for the restoration of manuscripts and books:
  • Stiftelsen Konung Gustaf VI Adolfs (a particularly innovative restoration of
  • Stiftelsen Marcus och Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond (restoration of a large number of manuscripts and printed books, especially those which once belonged to Queen Christina of Sweden)
  • Heydar Aliyev Foundation

for the incunabula catalogue project:
  • Åke Bonnier, Bishop of Skara
  • Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

for initiatives and projects in the Prints Cabinet:
  • Mallinckrodt Foundation
  • Promoroma. Azienda Speciale della Camera di Commercio di Roma
  • Åke Bonnier, Bishop of Skara
  • Pina Bartolini Licatese
  • Auguste Moede Jansen
  • heirs of Lino Bianchi Barriviera
  • Fondazione Roma Arte Musei
  • Fondazione Cavalieri di Colombo
  • Gavio's family
  • Bill Teuber
  • Postel
  • Samuel H. Kress Foundation
  • Gladis Krieble Delmas Foundation

for the collections of the Numismatic Cabinet:
  • Angelo Grilli
  • Antonella Greco
  • Luciano Zanelli
  • Giuseppe Grava
  • Stabilimento Artistico Bertoni di Milano
  • Ditta Picchiani & Barlacchi di Firenze
  • Stabilimento di coniazione O.M.E.A. di Milano
  • Simona Giampaoli and her family
  • see all

for the exhibition Conoscere la Biblioteca Vaticana: una storia aperta al futuro:
  • Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi
  • Tosetto Allestimenti Fine Art Transport, Venezia
  • ENEL
  • Fondazione Roma
  • Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena
  • Grafica Veneta
  • Global Pubblicità, Venezia
  • Generali Assicurazioni
  • Belfor

for the digitization manuscripts:
  • Polonsky Foundation
  • Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg
  • Autonomy Systems
  • E4 Computer Engineering S.p.a.
  • Metis Systems
  • Seret S.p.A.
  • Facolta' di Astrofisica, la Sapienza
  • Sogin - Società Gestione Impianti Nucleari
  • Mobotix AG - Security Vision Systems
  • INAF-Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica
  • IAPS-Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziale, Roma
  • EMC² Computer Systems Italia S.p.A.
  • Dedanext S.r.l. - Dedagroup S.p.A.
  • Avv. Marcello Mustilli
  • Rittal S.p.A.
  • Alamire Foundation
  • Panduit Corp.
  • Stulz S.p.A.
  • Borri S.p.A.

for the Salone Sistino:
  • Architect Paolo Portoghesi (for the design)
  • Prosolidar (Fondo nazionale del settore del credito per progetti di solidarietà - onlus)
  • Lundbeck Italia S.p.a.
  • Stiftelsen Konung Gustaf VI Adolfs fond för svensk kultur
  • Jacob Wallenbergs Stiftelse

for the lighting of the Periodicals Reading Room:
  • Careca Italia S.p.a.

for security:
  • Fondazione Enzo Hruby

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