A reading desk in the VEC Archive

The Schwarzenbach Reading Room

The Schwarzenbach Reading Room is at the heart of the VEC Archive. It houses about 3,000 books on Catholic history and serves as a dedicated space for research for up to four scholars, admitted by appointment. It doubles up as a study area for seminarians and priests at the VEC, thereby ensuring that the link between Archive and VEC community continues to flourish. We are delighted to have dedicated the room to Mr and Mrs Urs Schwarzenbach, friends and benefactors to the College for over ten years.

The Reading Room is fully air-conditioned, allowing research to take place in an atmosphere which students find comfortable, while also providing the right protection for the many papers and manuscripts contained in the Archive. Wi-Fi and low-intensity lighting make for a world-class study experience.

We are very grateful to the Friends of the Venerabile and The Trustees of St Mary’s Priory Fernham Residual Fund for helping to fund the Reading Room project.

Scholars are invited to write to the Archivist if they are interested in working in the Archive.


Photos: before the work began in the reading room