14 Facts About Vatican Library


Vatican Library is a research library for history, law, philosophy, science, and theology.

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The Vatican Library is open to anyone who can document their qualifications and research needs.

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Vatican Library's death prevented him from carrying out his plan, but his successor Pope Sixtus IV established what is known as the Vatican Library.

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In March 2014, the Vatican Library began an initial four-year project of digitising its collection of manuscripts, to be made available online.

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In 1756, Abbot Piaggio conserver of ancient manuscripts in the Vatican Library used a machine he invented, to unroll the first Herculaneum papyri, which took him months.

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When Pope Sixtus V commissioned the expansion and the new building of the Vatican Library, he had a three-story wing built right across Bramante's Cortile del Belvedere, thus bisecting it and changing Bramante's work significantly.

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Vatican Library closed for renovations on 17 July 2007 and reopened on 20 September 2010.

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Vatican Library was founded primarily as a manuscript library, a fact reflected in the comparatively high ratio of manuscripts to printed works in its collection.

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Vatican Library was enriched by several bequests and acquisitions over the centuries.

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Vatican Library had just acquired it as loot in the Thirty Years' War.

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Vatican Library has a large collection of texts related to Hinduism, with the oldest editions dating to 1819.

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The Library was created by Lowrie J Daly, with funding from the Knights of Columbus.

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Microfilming of Vatican manuscripts began in 1951, and according to the Library's website, was the largest microfilming project that had been undertaken up to that date.

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The Vatican Library opened in 1953, and moved to the St Louis University campus, in the Pius XII Memorial Vatican Library, in 1959.

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