Manuscripts Collection

Manuscripts Collection

In the Manuscripts Collection, the National Library holds approximately 270 fully preserved medieval manuscripts (dating from the 7th century to 1638), over 500 partially preserved medieval manuscripts (corresponding to over 400 bibliographic entities), and about 50 medieval manuscripts that were written to accompany printed books. There are also about some 600 manuscript call numbers (including modern authors’ archives) from the second half of the 17th to the late 20th centuries.

Online resources

The National Library offers its readers an ever-growing number of digital documents.


Documents in this collection are not available for home loan. However, you can view them in our Dr Jean-Claude Loutsch Rare Books Reading Room on the 1st floor. A member of staff will guide you in the proper handling of these precious documents.

Part of the collection is referenced in and can be pre-ordered online or by written request.

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