I often get around the photocopying price problem by using a scanner and my
portable computer. Now, I must tell you that I have an advantage--am blind.
Dotty MartinAt 11:07 PM 1/12/01 +0200, you wrote:
>Dear Susan Ridyard,
>You took the right way. I was there during the Summer 1999 (take care,
>between July 15 and September 15 it is closed) and I was really impressed.
>Don't worry, there not so many bureaucratic problems there. But it is
>necessary to have a kind of letter of recommendation from an institute,
>specifying what do you intend to study (preferably, written in Italian, but
>not necessarily), and then you could receive a permit ("tessera" in
>Italian). Depends: a yearly permit, a monthly one or only a ten-day permit.
>Depends on your intention to stay in Rome.
>To get there, you just have to take the underground to the "Ottaviano",
>metro station. Then, through Piazza d. Risorgimento, on Via d. Porta
>Angelica, beside the Vatican's walls. Before reaching the San Pietro square,
>there is the entrance called Sant'Anna. You are supposed to present the
>passport to the Swiss guards and then you are in the state of Vatican.
>Straight on, and there is the library.
>First day, you are supposed to present the recommendation to the secretary.
>The only problem is that usually the Italians (inclusively, the secretary)
>do not know English, and neither any other language but Italian!
>Anyway, the second day after that, you could study peacefully.
>Another problem is that the manuscripts' catalogues are only in a
>rudimentary status. Of course, they are not also in a database. So, your
>research would be rather by chance. But let's hope that since 1999 they have
>improved the system.
>As a poor East European, I was not in the possibility to make any xerox
>there. THe starting price is 10,000 Italian lire (meaning circa 10 Deutsche
>Marks) for the first page copied, and all the other pages (doesn't matter if
>there is only one extra-page or there are 100) 1,000 Italian Lire (1 DM)
>each other. This is the case for both the manuscripts and the printed books.
>Despite all these, please believe me, you'll not regret!!!
>All the best, and happy hunting there,
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>> I am hoping to make a research trip to the Vatican library this summer and
>> would be grateful for advice from people who have used the library before.
>> Is it necessary to get permission in advance to consult MSS there? If so,
>> who should be contacted? Does anyone have a library schedule? I'm having
>> some trouble with the web-site. More generally, what else should a first
>> time user know?
>> Sue Ridyard
>> Associate Prof. of History