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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Telephone: (39) 06-69868 643
Email: [email protected]
Entrance: Borgo S. Spirito 4, Rome, Italy

Yearly Schedule

The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Library is open with some restrictions and observing the following indications:

• The library is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 16.30. Fridays from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 15.30.
• Reservations are required by phone at 06.69868643 or by email at the e-mail address: [email protected].
• The reservation will be considered confirmed only after having received confirmation by email from the Library.
• 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:

• From Wednesday 1 November to Friday 3 November 2023 (All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day)
• Friday 8 December 2023 (Immaculate Conception)
• From Friday 22 December to Friday 5 January 2024 (Holy Christmas – Epiphany)
• From Monday 25 March to Monday 1 April 2024 (Holy Week)
• Thursday 25 April 2024 (Liberation Day)
• Wednesday 1 May 2024 (Labor Day)
• From Monday 29 July to Friday 13 September 2024 (summer closure)

Any changes to the calendar and timetable will be promptly communicated.


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