Vol. 5 No. 2 (2014): Speciale "Faster, Smarter, Richer: Reshaping the library Catalogue" 2014

Rare books in the Vatican Library: reshaping the catalogue

Laura Lalli
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana

Published 2014-05-26


  • Rare Book's Section,
  • Vatican Library

How to Cite

Lalli, Laura. 2014. “Rare Books in the Vatican Library: Reshaping the Catalogue”. JLIS.It 5 (2):123-35. https://doi.org/10.4403/jlis.it-10065.


This contribution will focus on the aims of the Rare Books’ Section of the Vatican Library. Taking as a start the analytical cataloging of incunabula, the Section will deal with similar cataloging of the books printed in the 16th century and later. Analytical cataloging requires deep skill in reading and interpreting the features which bear witness to the book’s journey through history: handwritten notes, coats of arms, owners’ identification, printers’ marks, bindings, etc.
In recent years, the Section also takes part in the rare books’ digitization project known as “Project Polonsky”. Thanks to digitization, scholars from all over the world will be able to see the rare incunabula preserved in the Vatican Library.


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