The library - approx. 45,500 open access volumes - is located in the college building of the Campo Santo Teutonico in the Vatican and is, in terms of book stock and use, a semi-public joint library of the priests’ college and the RIGG. It is run by the Director in consultation with the Rector of the priests’ college. The online catalogues contain only titles added since 1999.

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Wi-Fi is accessible in the reading room. The user promises not to knowingly search for, distribute or download any illegal or immoral material.

Access and use of the library

To get to the college, you have to pass the Swiss Guard (also speaks German) next to the Palace of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Then walk 100 metres to the Vatican Gendarmerie (speaks Italian) and explain that you want to go to the Campo Santo library. Access must be granted. If you have any problems, you should call Dr. Karin Mair. One enters the cemetery and turns left, then right, where, after 20 m, one comes to the college entrance. There is the bell. The library is on the 2nd floor.

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Library rules

Every visitor must fill in a form (printable here) and bring two passport photos. Coats, bags and food are not allowed in the library. On your first visit, you will receive a library card for 10 euros, which entitles you to visit the library for one year during opening hours. The card is to be shown especially to the Swiss Guard and the Gendarmerie. However, it does not give automatic right of entry to the Vatican.

The library regulations can be found here. Books cannot be borrowed, but they can be photographed or scanned. Used books should be placed on the table at the entrance.