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The Palatine Library contains a wide varied wealth of documents, books and prints. Numerous original autographed works and unique copies.
printed antique and modern volumes;
incunabulum, 65 on parchment;
codex and archived papers;
loose prints and engravings;
coins and medals;
20.000 oggetti d’arte;
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In the reading room various printed catalogues, indexes and manuscript inventories can be consulted.
The Library is only accessible to university teachers and researchers. The documents cannot be borrowed.
The Library is the heart of the Holy See, surrounded by precious monuments, like St. Peter’s Basilica, Porta Sant’Anna and the Swiss Guards’ Barracks – a unique setting for the most famous institution in the world.
The Codex Facsimiles project allows you to have the works of art of the Vatican for the first time. Unique and precious reproductions of jealously guarded works in the Apostolic Library, for refined collectors, and lovers of art and history.