It is very complicated to get a reader's pass and then to finally get a book in your hand. It is a long process. First of all you need a letter of recommendation and a something that will attest that you are doing legitimate research and are not a Da Vinci code fan.
It is professor Paul Burke of Clark University who shares his experiences of how to get access and conduct research in the Vatican Library. I thought this might be something to watch for those who are preparing for this year's SBL International Meeting in Rome. If you want to see something in the Vatican Library, you had better be prepared.
Burke ends his account by saying, "So it is a fascinating little way of getting access to the Vatican through the backdoors literally which is not experienced by most tourists."
In recent years the Vatican Library has undergone a major renovation. Read our previous reports:
Vatican Library Closed for Three Years
Library Repair Causes a Plea to the Pope
Nowadays, P75 is also in the collection of the Vatican Library. See More on P75 (P. Vatican ???)