University of Barcelona Library

University of Barcelona

The Rare Book and Manuscript CRAI Library of the University of Barcelona is located in the historical building of the university in the city center. Its importance derives from the size and quality of the collection it houses. Following the passing of ecclesiastical confiscation laws in 1835, Barcelona’s library collections from convents were brought together … Read more

Antwerp, Plantin Moretus Museum Library

The Library of the Plantin-Moretus Museum

The origins of the Plantin-Moretus Museum library go back to the middle of the 16th century when Christopher Plantin was the manager of the Plantin Press, the Officina Plantiniana. Plantin initially bought books for his proofreaders such as dictionaries, bible editions and concordances on the bible. In addition to this library for proofreaders Plantin’s grandson, … Read more

University of Groningen Library

The University Library of Groningen

Just over four hundred years ago, on 28 February 1615, the University Library of Groningen was officially opened. Since then, the library has grown from a single room with chained books to a modern and busy centre which is an information hub and a social meeting place as well. It is the only university library … Read more

Marsh's Library, Dublin, Ireland. Photo by Matt Cashore

Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Marsh’s Library is located in the heart of Dublin, beside St Patrick’s Cathedral. The library building was commissioned and funded by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh and internally very little has changed since it first opened to the public in 1707. The books are still shelved on the original oak bookshelves according to the first librarian’s classification system. The … Read more

National Library of the Netherlands, exterior

National Library of The Netherlands

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek, since 1982 the National Library of the Netherlands, is based in The Hague. As a National Library the KB coordinates the Dutch library world according to the following mission: “Driven by the power of the written word we further intellectual development, proficiency and creativity in the Netherlands. To this end, we seek … Read more

Library Stacks at the University of Toronto

University of Toronto, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

The Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies (CRRS) was established at the University of Toronto in 1964 by Professor F. David Hoeniger and has, over more than 50 years, developed into a prestigious research institute dedicated to the study of the early modern period. They maintain a substantial library and rare book collection, with a … Read more

DePaul University Library, Chicago

DePaul University Special Collections and Archives

DePaul University is the largest Catholic University in the United States. It was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian order). Vincentians are devoted to the teachings of St. Vincent De Paul, which influence the university’s mission and philosophy today. DePaul Special Collections and Archives (SPCA) is located in the John T. … Read more

National Library of Argentina, Buenos Aires

The National Library of Argentina

The National Library of the Argentine Republic was founded by Mariano Moreno on 13 September 1810. It is responsible for safeguarding, increasing, preserving, recording and disseminating the printed memory of the country or about the country, represented on any material or digital medium, with priority as regards to its cultural heritage, in the territory of … Read more

Bibliothèque Méjanes, Aix-en-Provence

Upon his death on October 5, 1786 Jean-Baptiste Marie de Piquet, Marquis de Méjanes, bequeathed a precious collection of nearly 60,000 books to the states of Provence, of which the capital was Aix-en-Provence, with the condition that they be made available to the public. In 1810, the library, established in the town hall, opened to … Read more

Jena Library

Thuringian University and Regional Library, Jena

The Thuringian University and Regional Library in Jena was founded in 1549. On 22 August of that year, the three sons of the former German Elector Johann Friedrich, who were residing in neighboring Weimar, sent their father’s Electoral library to Jena for housing in the dissolved Dominican monastery of St Paul.  The library was under … Read more