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

Please note that the access to the Library will be permitted only to those in possession of a Green Pass COVID-19 Certificate or equivalent certificate, and wearing an FFP2 mask.

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

• The library is open from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 16.30 from Monday to Thursday; from 9.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00 on 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: [email protected].
• The reservation will be considered confirmed only after having received confirmation by email from the Library.
• It will be mandatory to wear an FFP2 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 of 2021/2022:

• Friday 18 March 2022
• From Monday 11 April to Monday 18 April 2022 (Easter)
• Monday 25 April 2022 (Liberation Day)
• Thursday 2 June 2022 (Republic Day)
• Wednesday 29 June 2022 (Saints Peter and Paul)
• From Thursday 28 July to Friday 16 September 2022 (summer closure)


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