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Vatican Library gets a makeover

The Vatican's Apostolic Library is reopening to scholars following a three-year, $11.5 million renovation.

The Vatican's Apostolic Library is reopening after a three-year renovation that improved cataloguing and security measures. The library will open its doors on Sept. 20. Pier Paolo Cito / AP
Manuscripts are seen in the renovated Vatican Apostolic Library during its unveiling at the Vatican. The library houses one of the world's best collections of illuminated manuscripts. Alessia Pierdomenico / Reuters
A photographer takes a picture of the Sistine Hall, part of the renovated Vatican Apostolic Library. The library was started by Pope Nicholas V in the 1450s. Alessia Pierdomenico / Reuters
The Vatican Apostolic Library, located inside the Vatican Palace, houses about 65,000 manuscripts as well as the "Codex B," the oldest known complete Bible dating from about 325 A.D. Giuseppe Giglia / EPA
Old books are displayed in the reading room of the Apostolic Library of the Vatican. Pope Nicholas V is credited as the library's founder, but the first Cardinal librarian wasn't appointed until 1548 -- a century later. Christophe Simon / AFP - Getty Images
Books are shelved at the Vatican Apostolic Library. By the time Pope Nicholas V died in 1450, the library's collection had grown from 350 Latin manuscripts to 1,500 codices and was the largest in Europe. Pier Paolo Cito / AP
Journalists walk among shelves in the Apostolic Library of the Vatican after its reopening. In addition to containing a large number of books, manuscripts and other literature, the library also runs the Vatican School of Library Science. Christophe Simon / AFP - Getty Images
The Vatican Library is open to qualified scholars, teachers and researchers from universities and graduate students pursuing research for a doctoral dissertation. However, it is not open to high school students or, as a rule, to undergraduate university students. Giuseppe Giglia / EPA