Check it Out! Medieval Libraries

This week, Dame Aoife looks at medieval and historical libraries.

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This week we're looking at Libraries that house Medieval collections. We're also looking at Historical Libraries. Any search you perform on the 'net containg the two words "Medieval" and "Library" will bring in a jackpot of information, so get set to search the virtual world of medieval manuscripts. The followingis not a complete list, but never the less it should be usefull to researchers and the casual inquirer.



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Bodleian Library, University of Oxford: Western Manuscripts to c. 1500
(Site Excerpt) About a thousand images can be reached from this page....A considerable number of Oxford's most important manuscripts have been digitized at high resolution in their entirety: these images can be reached from

World Wide Virtual Library History Index

Berkeley Digital Library: Online Medieval and Classical Library
(Site Excerpt) The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL) is a collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization...Unless otherwise noted, all texts are public domain in the United States.

The Library of the Medieval Institute at Notre Dame University
(Site Excerpt) The Library of the Medieval Institute boasts some 90,000 volumes together with various collections of handbooks, series, pamphlets, reprints and photographic materials. These are supplemented by microfilm and microfiche copies of some 3,000 medieval manuscripts and facsimile reprints from European libraries and a collection of more than 200 medieval seals in facsimile.

Georgetown University's The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
(Site Excerpt) The Labyrinth provides free, organized access to electronic resources in medieval studies through a World Wide Web server at Georgetown University. The Labyrinth's easy-to-use menus and links provide connections to databases, services, texts, and images on other servers around the world. Each user will be able to find an Ariadne's thread through the maze of information on the Web.

The WWW Virtual Library History Index: Medieval Europe
(Site Excerpt) This list of on-line references is maintained by The Michigan State University Graduate Student Medieval and Renaissance Consortium, under the sponsorship of ORB, for The World Wide Web Virtual Library History Section. ...This section is currently listed alphabetically within subject categories.

Stanford University Su Lairl: Medieval Studies
A Menu of a variety of options from digitized text (available from ebrary) to collections, to bibliographies, etc.

DW Mosser's WWW Medieval Resources
(Site Excerpt: Menu Contains: ) Discussion Lists & Information; Links to Texts from and about the Medieval Period; Medieval History, Archeology, & Architecture; Links to Databases; Labyrinth, Chaucer Bibliography, ANSAXDAT, & others... ; Links to other Home Pages; Links to Archives of MSS Facsimiles, Art, etc.; Medieval Sciences; Libraries; Links to Miscellaneous Materials; British Library Portico, WebLouvre, Gregorian Chant, etc....

National Library of Wales: Early English Books Online
(Site Excerpt) From the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War, Early English Books Online (EEBO) will contain over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661), and the Early English Tract Supplement - all in full digital facsimile from the Early English Books microfilm collection.

Brigham Young University: Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Primary Documents
These links connect to Western European (mainly primary) that are transcribed, reproduced in facsimile, or translated.

Rutgers Medieval Literary Resources
A significant listing of online resources foir the Medieval Literary Scholar.

CEU Department of MEdieval Studies (in Hungary)
(Although the collection isn't online, this could be a serious resource for SCAdian Hungarian Scholars. Site Excerpt) This project has established a laboratory to scan, store, index, put on CD-ROM and display digital and microfiche image collections. It has accumulated CD-ROM databases (including the Videodisc Collection of Vatican Library Illuminations, Uffizi and Louvre collections, International Medieval Bibliography, Iconclass, CETEDOC Library of Christian Latin Texts, etc.) and microfiche iconographical documentation (e.g., the Marburg Index). With this material, the research team created a CD edition of the Hungarian Angevin Legendary and issued a guide to the medieval holdings of the photo-archives of Central European libraries, museums and research institutes.

Library of Congress Country Study Homepage
Rather than search for a specific book, search here for general country subjects and see what books the library of congress reccomends! For instance, a drop-down menu provides countries to choose from. I picked POland, and found what amounts to an entire book including a hefty sectionon the medieval era.

La Trobe University Library Medieval Music Database
(Site Excerpt) The main features of the new version are a much expanded repertoire of works in addition to the melodic incipits of liturgical works. Four complete manuscripts, a gradual and three antiphonals, have been added. Browse by Liturgical Feast is entirely new. This displays the melodic incipit of each liturgical chant for each feast, analyses related melodies and displays colour images of source manuscripts. The Browse by Composers, by Genre and by Manuscripts remain the same as they were is the earlier versions.

Saganet: Icelandic Medeival Literature (Cornell University)
(Site Excerpt) The Saganet is a cooperative project by The National and University Library of Iceland and Cornell University with the association of the