The Archives of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo have joined the SBN (Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale - National Library Service), the network of Italian libraries promoted by the Ministry of National Heritage, Culture and Tourism and coordinated by the Central Institute for the Unified Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information (ICCU). The descriptions and location of the books contained in the Archives will be progressively included in the SBN Catalogue, the overall index for the libraries belonging to the National Library Service that can be consulted on the internet 24 hours a day.
The cataloguing project will involve:
54 Cinquecentine (16th century books) regarding San Carlo Borromeo
68 Cinquecentine on miscellaneous subjects
246 Liturgical texts
Over 3,900 musical compositions, both handwritten and printed
Over 9,000 volumes on the Duomo and its history, on art and culture in Lombardy
Lastly, it will be possible to access the online inventories, without having to use printed indexing tools. The Archives of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo will thus join the other 82 libraries in the Region which belong to the Lombardy Regional SBN centre, set up in 1986.