Vatican Library Embraces Web3 with NFT Initiative

The Vatican Library has revealed plans to expand Web3 usage by granting non-transferable NFTs to backers of its manuscript collections. This project, which is currently in an “experimental” phase, is exclusively available to Italian supporters of the Vatican Apostolic Library.

Italians can share the NFT project on their social media accounts until July 16 to receive a “Silver NFT” and access a selection of 15 manuscripts in high-resolution images. Those who financially support the project will be granted a “Gold NFT” and can access high-resolution images of all 21 manuscripts in the special collection.

This endeavour represents a new advancement in the Vatican Library’s continuous pursuit to enhance public access to its priceless artefacts. Housing approximately 180,000 manuscripts and 1.5 million printed books, the library boasts a long and illustrious past, tracing back to the 14th century and even further to the 4th century.

Partnership with NTT DATA and Future Prospects

The Vatican Library is teaming up with NTT DATA, a prominent Japanese technology company, to advance its Web3 initiative. Together, they hope to broaden the library’s digital reach by using Web3 advancements to connect with supporters.

NTT DATA has previously announced its intention to invest $4 billion into Web3 infrastructure. It is now expanding its presence in the cryptocurrency world by preparing to launch a crypto wallet through one of its subsidiaries by the end of 2024.

Situated within the borders of Vatican City, in a structure originating from the late 1500s, the Apostolic Library is constantly evolving while safeguarding its extensive assortment of historic manuscripts.

In the future, the Vatican Library hinted at the possibility of allowing virtual or augmented reality tours of its premises. “I believe that our heritage requires special attention and dedication geared toward preservation and promotion,” said Salesian Father Mauro Mantovani, prefect of the Vatican Apostolic Library.

He also emphasized NTT DATA‘s significant role in supporting the library’s mission to make its unique collections accessible to the public, irrespective of origin, culture, religion, politics, or ideology.

The Vatican Library’s Digital Transformation

The Vatican Library’s new Web3 project is part of its centuries-long public outreach and modernization mission. In 2020, the library launched a modernized website with enhanced search features and simplified access to digitized treasures. This website offers high-resolution reproductions of manuscripts, archival materials, coins, medals, and incunabula – European printed works from before the 16th century.


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