On Saturday, July 14, the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Apostolic Library) in Rome closed for at least three years of extensive renovation.
The closure may encourage more scholars to consider Saint Louis University as their main resource for microfilms of ancient original documents. The Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, located in the Pius XII Memorial library at Saint Louis University, contains microfilm copies of approximately 37,000 of the Vatican Library's 70,000 manuscript codices. Holding major portions of the Vatican's Greek, Latin and Western European vernacular collections as well as materials in Arabic, Ethiopic and Hebrew, it is one of the largest and most comprehensive libraries in the world for medieval and Renaissance manuscript studies.
For more information about the Vatican Film Library at Saint Louis University, call (314) 977-3090 or visit its web site. .