The Vatican Library is under the jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome. Although officially founded in 1475, in fact, the library can be considered the same age as the Catholic Church. For almost 600 years, the library has expanded its collection through historical acquisitions, bequests of eminent patrons and generous gifts. The Vatican Library now houses over 1.1 million books, 75,000 manuscripts and over 8,500 incunabula, rare specimens from the early printing era. Taking into account its profile, it should come as a no surprise that the institution owns the oldest complete manuscript of the Bible, as well as many other significant works of the Middle Ages.