Renovation near completion, Vatican Library will reopen in September
July 26, 2010
The Vatican Library, which has been closed during a 3-year renovation project, will reopen in September, the institution’s prefect has confirmed.
Msgr. Cesare Pasini told Vatican Radio that the renovations included not only painting and structural work, but the addition of climate-control systems to protect the library’s collection, an elevator, and “more refined computerized services” for the venerable institution. The Vatican Library holds more than 1.6 million books, manuscripts, documents, and ancient scrolls, as well as a valuable collection of coins and medals and 70,000 prints and engravings. During the renovation process most items in the library’s collection were moved to other locations for safekeeping.