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Founded in 1475 by Pope Nicholas V, the Vatican Library is one of the oldest libraries in the world. It hosts over one million boxes and thousands of manuscripts and codices. Since 2010, the Digital Vatican Library (DigiVatLib) has sought to "[provide] free access to the Vatican Library's digitized collections," which includes "manuscripts, incunabula, archival materials, inventories, graphic materials, coins, medals, [and] printed materials." Visitors may search this collection through a series of online catalogues or browse the collection via seven digital collections. Most items in the online catalogue and digital collections are dedicated to a specific source type (e.g. printed materials, visual materials, and coins and medals). Alternatively, visitors may also conduct a keyword or advanced search on the whole collection. DitiVatLib contains items in dozens of languages spanning from the middle ages through the twentieth century. As of this write-up, visitors can browse DigiVatLib in English, Italian, or Japanese.
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Date of Scout Publication 2018-05-11
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