>I have heard that if you make arrangements ahead of time, and if >you have
>credentials from a theological school (etc.) you can view things not
>available to the regular public. Any truth to this?
This is absolutely true, and holds for most of the libraries in Europe
with manuscript collections. In August I spent several days at the
British Library examing mss. The staff was very helpful and
courteous in every way.
However, if you want to see a really valuable mss, such as one of
the great uncials, you had better get permission in advance, and
that will mean getting some very well-known experts in the field to
verify your need to see the mss. and your qualifications to do so.
They will not allow the curious to touch such priceless treasures,
but will rather put the facsimiles or microfilms of them at such a