Incredible: Vatican Library closes for three years

You might be interested to know that it has been announced that when the Vatican Library closes for the summer on 14 July, it will remain CLOSED FOR THREE YEARS, to reopen in September 2010.

From 14 July there will be no access to books or manuscripts; and
no exceptions. The photographic department will continue to function after a delay involving its relocation, since it is in the part of the building which will get major restructuring.

The necessary forms for photographic requests can be found at:

See also:

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  1. St. Louis Substitute Gregory Pass Medieval Texts – Philology Codicology and Technology

    Dear Colleagues,

    In light of the recent announcement by the Biblioteca Apostolica
    Vaticana that it will be closed for renovations over the next three
    years (14 July 2007–September 2010), the Knights of Columbus Vatican
    Film Library at Saint Louis University would like to remind researchers
    that it holds on microfilm more than 37,000 of the Vatican Library’s
    manuscripts, comprising major portions of the Vatican’s Greek, Latin,
    and Western European vernacular collections, in addition to materials in
    Arabic, Ethiopic, and Hebrew (for our holdings, see The Vatican Film Library
    maintains a large reference collection of manuscript
    catalogues—including complete sets of the Vatican Library’s published
    manuscript catalogues and unpublished inventories, as well as “Studi e
    testi”—and works in paleography, codicology, illumination, and other
    disciplines to support the study of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts
    and their texts. The Vatican Film Library also holds the microfiche
    editions of the Bibliotheca Palatina, consisting of more than 12,000
    printed titles from the Vatican’s Palatine collection, and the Cicognara
    Library, consisting of more than 4,800 printed titles from the Vatican’s
    Cicognara collection on art, architecture, and archaeology. The library
    possesses many other resources that make Saint Louis University one of
    the most effective places to carry out research in medieval and
    Renaissance manuscripts studies.

    Fellowship opportunities are available to researchers using the Vatican
    Film Library. For information on these programs and our collections, see

    All roads may lead to Rome, but for the next three years, at least, St.
    Louis may be more expeditious for your research!

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