In 1990, the then librarian, Fr. Adriano Spina (MAPRAES) wrote– “the library of the Generalate consists of 44,000 volumes distributed into three rooms, the largest of which holds 120 periodic publications and 34,000 volumes…
In a personal research study done by the librarian, Fr. Adriano Spina, of only two of the three levels of the central hall, he identified 233 books printed in the 16th century, 238 in the 17th and 960 in the 18th century” (Adriano Spina, PIB, 1/1990).
It seems that the oldest book of the library is a selection of works by Pope Saint Leo the Great, printed in Rome in 1470.
For further information, contact the Librarian, Fr. Mario Collu: