The Codrington Library, All Souls, Oxford

The Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford

The Codrington is open to all members of the University of Oxford, and to researchers needing to access its extensive collections. The College was founded in 1438 and the earliest collections, originally of law and theology, were exclusively for the use of the Fellows; medical books and books in other subjects were given throughout the sixteenth […]

The Pepys Library, University of Cambridge

Magdalene College, University of Cambridge

Magdalene College, Cambridge is home to two distinct special collections libraries with a combined total of c. 16,500 items.  The more famous of the two, the Pepys Library, is the personal library of Samuel Pepys, 17th-century diarist and Secretary to the Admiralty under Charles II and James II.  The Pepys Library is open to the […]

Photo of the University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research University and global centre for research and teaching located in British Columbia, Canada. It is consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. UBC Library is the second largest research library system in Canada. Established in 1915, it has more than twenty branches […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]