Library

Issue of a book about Montserrat’s Library

Date:05/12/2007

The Montserrat Abbey Library: A cultural space along the centuries, by Damià Roure, head librarian, with pictures by Dani Marín and Pep Parer, published by Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat and sponsored by Telefónica.

The book presents Montserrat’s Library along its history, and describes the main contents of its current list of titles. It shows some samples of the most outstanding handwritten or printed works, not only from the ancient library –destroyed in 1811 by Napoleonic troops- but also from the current library, formed in the first half of the 19th century, with a notable growth rate during the first half of the 20th century. Today, the Library contains works by different historical periods, from the beginning of writing until more recent periods. Its sections cover various humanities’ areas. As a space for culture, the aim of the library is to provide the monks and specialists on history and theology with the necessary equipment to carry out their research, as well as to give rise to various publications. It also aims to collaborate, in different ways, in the spreading of this research, in order to build bridges for dialogue and exchange with contemporary world. This work includes plenty of full-colour pictures, which make it possible to follow the richness and variety of titles contained in Montserrat’s Library.

With this issue, Montserrat’s Library is not unknown anymore. The book is presented following the course of history and especially stopping at the essential contents of its list of titles. The current library is considered a library of libraries, due to its growth thanks to acquisitions and continuous donations from the second half of the 19th century. It is organized by topics around which the monastery’s cultural activity turns, and even the cultural interest of society. A society connected -in both a direct or indirect way- with Montserrat.

The library’s titles can be consulted through its catalogue at the library’s website (www.bibliotecademontserrat.net), where it is already possible to find not only the main catalogue, but also the catalogues of manuscripts, incunabula and periodicals. Some of the most significant texts are also available, page by page, since Montserrat contributes to various virtual libraries, such as Joan Lluís Vives library or Cervantes Virtual. It also contains a significant collection of works of the seventeenth to nineteenth digitized by Google Books and open to interested readers.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, you may do it through Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat’s website (pamsa@pamsa.cat).