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Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and other Manuscripts

The Vatican Film Library (VFL) holds over 40,000 manuscripts from the 4th to the 17th centuries reproduced in microfilm and digital formats principally from the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), but from many other libraries as well. The collections are described and can be accessed in a variety of ways:

The Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana holds over 80,000 manuscripts. The collection is described and can be accessed via:

  • DVL: DigiVatLib – Digitized collections of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana: Manuscripts, Incunabula, Archival Materials and Inventories, Graphic Materials, Coins and Medals, and Printed Materials (Note – Compare resources above for copies of BAV manuscripts also reproduced in microfilm or digital format held in VFL collections.)
  • OVL: OPACVatLib – Online catalog of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana: Archives, Manuscripts, Coins and Medals, Printed Materials, Special Catalogs (Incunabula, Visual Materials), and the General Catalog

Other Guides to the Collections