Medieval Institute Library

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Scholarly research is a key enterprise at the Medieval Institute and its library collection provides an amazing resource. The book collection numbers over 100,000 volumes. Primary source materials reside on the 7th floor of Hesburgh Library, with the secondary literature located in the same building. The MI Reading Room has a wealth of reference materials essential to the study of the Middle Ages and the Paleography Room is a treasure trove of manuscript catalogs. The History of Universities collection provides an exceptional resource as well. Current issues of scholarly journals are available for browsing.

Thanks to the efforts of Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, working in collaboration with Pope Paul VI, nearly the complete holdings of the Ambrosiana Library in Milan, Italy, are available at Notre Dame on microfilm.

Every year, dozens of scholars from around the world come to use the materials collected here. The Hesburgh Libraries maintain a web site devoted to the Medieval Institute Library collection, with information on holdings, use of the facilities, and services.


These resources may be of special interest:

Medieval Microfilms and Facsimiles Database

Incunabula (a guide to the Library’s collections of books printed in Europe before 1501)

Medieval Studies (a guide to some basic medieval studies reference materials)

Byzantine Studies (a guide to some basic Byzantine studies reference materials)

Milton V. Anastos Library of Byzantine Civilization (a 40,000-volume private collection of one of America’s leading Byzantinists, acquired by Notre Dame in 1997)

Byzantine Studies at Notre Dame (describes Notre Dame's interdisciplinary academic programs and resources for students and faculty interested in studying Byzantium)

Ambrosiana Microfilm Collection (the Frank M. Folsom Microfilm and Photographic Collection consists of positive and negative microfilms of over 10,000 Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts belonging to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, together with about 50,000 photographs of miniatures, illuminated initials, and Old Master drawings supplemented by some 15,000 color slides)

Inventory-Catalogues of the Ambrosiana Drawings (a database created by Prof. Emeritus Robert Randolf Coleman, that catalogues the more than 8,000 drawings by European artists of the 14th through 19th centuries in the Ambrosiana Library)

Astrik L. Gabriel Universities Collection (books, microfilms, and other materials on the history of medieval universities assembled by Astrik Gabriel, director of the Medieval Institute from 1952 to 1975)

Prémontré Architectural Sites (a collection of photographs of Premonstratensian architectural sites was gathered over the years by Astrik Gabriel)

Dante Collection (the Zahm Dante Collection is one of the best in North America)

The Medieval Institute faculty and students have access to library collection specialists who can assist them in their research. These librarians are key individuals in the scholarly activities of the Institute through the research help they provide, their skills in collection development, and their availability for classroom presentations. They are Julia Schneider, Medieval Studies Librarian, and David T. Gura, Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts and Byzantine Studies Librarian.