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Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and other Libraries


The Vatican Film Library holds more than 37,000 manuscripts-on-microfilm from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, ranging in date from the fourth century AD through the seventeenth century, and an additional approximately 3,000 manuscripts on microfilm from other libraries.

Finding Manuscripts-on-Microfilm

  • Manuscripts-on-Microfilm Database
    Provides an inventory and online concordance of all manuscript shelfmarks and their corresponding microfilm roll numbers held by the Vatican Film Library.
  • Catalog of the Saint Louis University Libraries
    A portion of the collection is described in the online library catalog, containing bibliographical descriptions and giving access via author, title, subject, genre/form, shelfmark, script, name of scribe or artist, etc.

Guides to Collections

The most complete guide to the collections of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana is:

See also:

Other resources for identifying manuscripts and their shelfmarks within the Vatican Film Library collections: