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About the Vatican Apostolic Library

Founded in 1451 by Nicholas V, the Vatican Apostolic Library preserves and displays rare manuscripts from as far back as the third century. The Vatican Apostolic Library holds pivotal cultural documents that include letters from important historical figures; drawings and notes by artists and scientists such as Michelangelo and Galileo; and treatises from all eras, in all fields of learning, from all parts of the world.

Today the Vatican Apostolic Library is a research institution for history, art, literature, law, philosophy, science, and theology. One of the main functions of this distinctive institution is to offer consultation services on the stored books through selected researchers and qualified members of the academic community. These services provide a valuable resource on the collected information, contributing to world history consolidation and the sharing of human knowledge.