The Magistral Library is the principal library of the Order of Malta and represents one of the world’s most complete collections of its history in the world. It came into being in the second half of the 19th century as collection of books donated by various members of the Order of Malta. Since then it has served both to protect and spread information on the Order’s bibliographical heritage.
In addition to the Malta Collection (c. 5,700 between books and articles) and the General Collection (c. 4,400 volumes), the Magistral Library conserves 208 manuscripts and numerous autographs, several incunabula – including Obsidionis Rhodie Urbis descriptio by Guillaume Caoursin (1496), eight private collections, serials, prints, photographs and maps.
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The Magistral Library is a private institution with a limited space for visitors. Therefore it is dedicated to serving teachers, researchers and students interested in the history of the Order of Malta. The Library is also available to researchers interested in genealogy, heraldry and nobility.
For admission, please submit a written request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
After the first complimentary visit, visitors can purchase a weekly, monthly or annual pass.
Tel. +39 06 67581286 – Fax. +39 06 67581204
To contact the Archives, please use: email@example.com
Monday-Friday: 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-16.00
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Special opening hours apply during Christmas, Easter, the Order of Malta’s feast days and in summer.
HOW TO GET TO THE LIBRARY
Sovereign Order of Malta
Magistral Library and Archives
Via dei Condotti, 68 – 00187 Rome
Buses: 116, 117, 119, 913, 590.
There is no parking on site. There are cars parks in Viale del Galoppatoio under Villa Borghese and on Via Ludovisi.