Kolvenbach Library

Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Library

The Library of the General Curia of the Society of Jesus

The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Library, located in the General Curia building since its creation in 1928, consists of about 258,000 volumes divided into four sections:

1. Works written by the Jesuits on a wide variety of topics;

2. Works written by Jesuits and non-Jesuits on the history and other aspects of the Society of Jesus;

3. Valuable rare-book collections from the Society’s earlier days, such as: Bellarmine, Farm Street, Polemics, Missions, Francheville, Marian Congregations, Xavier;

4. A large selection of national and international magazines; there are over 1000 titles, between open and closed.

Since the end of 2017, after its renovation, the Library has opened as a high quality institution for scholars interested in the history, spirituality and social apostolate of the Society of Jesus. Its main aim is the preservation and good use of its bibliographic heritage, to make it available to Jesuit scholars and users in general. For this reason it's today able to offer a reliable environments and human qualities of the people who work with deep ignatian spirituality.

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Contacts

Telephone: (39) 06-69868 643
Email: biblioteca@sjcuria.org
Entrance: Borgo S. Spirito 4, Rome, Italy

Yearly Schedule

Starting from June 22nd the Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Library will reopen with some restrictions and observing the following indications:

• The library will be open from 9.00 to 13.00 from Monday to Friday.
• A maximum of 4 researchers per day will be admitted.
• For this reason, reservations are required by phone at 06.69868643 or by email at the e-mail address: Biblioteca@sjcuria.org.
• The reservation will be considered confirmed only after having received confirmation by email from the Library.
• In this period, the Historical Library Fund is not available. Therefore it is recommended to consult first by email: Biblioteca@sjcuria.org.
• The materials given for consultation must remain in quarantine for seven days before being available for another researcher.
• It will be mandatory to wear a mask and gloves, as well as to often disinfect your hands with the gel made available to scholars at the entrance of the library rooms.
• Scholars will under no circumstances be allowed to move within the Curia, and must remain in the reading room and move exclusively accompanied by library staff.

The library will be closed on the following days in 2020/2021:

• From Friday 31 July to Friday 11 September 2020 (summer closure)
• Monday 2 November 2020 (All Souls' Day)
• Tuesday 8 December 2020 (Immaculate Conception)
• From Monday 21 December 2020 to Tuesday 5 January 2021 (Christmas - Epiphany)
• From Thursday 1 April to Monday 5 April 2021 (Holy Easter)
• Wednesday 2 June (National Holiday)
• Tuesday 29 June (Saints Peter and Paul)
• From Thursday 29 July to Friday 10 September 2021 (summer closing)

Resources

Online Public Access Catalog
Digital Repertory
Digitalized books
Digitalized journals