Library of Montserrat

Montserrat, as a Benedictine monastery, contains as an essential work and culture of the library occupies a central place in the monastic enclosure. All the Benedictine tradition, from its very beginning, the books mentioned as instruments for spiritual and intellectual training of the monk. A monolith at the entrance to the library recalls that "The library is the largest facility of a Benedictine monastery."

The Origins

Montserrat, from the twelfth century manuscripts produced in the Scriptorium. The copyists are reproduced texts, from religious subjects, humanities, music and science, depending on the parameters of the time.
Later, in the late fifteenth century, the monastic reform promoted by Abbot Garcias de Cisneros, joined a typography workshop where Montserrat produced their first silverware of the hand of John Luschner workshop.
Later, the typographer John Rosenbach collaborated with the press of Montserrat. This facilitated a considerable increase in the old library Montserrat.
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries flourished a remarkable school of composers in the Choir, and the library was increasing and diversifying their holdings up to meet thousands of works on their shelves.
The most tragic moment in its history took place during the War of Independence, when in 1811 The monastery was destroyed and lost or scattered most of his treasure bibliography.
The beginning of the current library is the work of the abbots and librarians of the period reconstruction in the late nineteenth century and, in a particular way of Abbot Anthony M. Marcet, early twentieth centuries. The circumstances of the first world war were easily the acquisition of funds for the current library.
In 1917 it was believed necessary modification of the deep and ancient local the hands of Josep Puig i was giving the library a few rooms for most frequently used sections: a reading room for reference works and central hall with a gallery for older funds.
The growth of the library continued to rise continued, although at a rate less faster, until 1936. The Spanish civil war first and then the Second World War interrupted the pace of acquisitions.
In 1963 took home the realization of a project habilitatció a room with installation of compact cabinets that contain serials ever growth.
In the late 60s, it was necessary to extend the deposit book, and was built for this purpose a room with three floors of steel shelving, a total of twelve thousand linear feet available.

Library of Montserrat

The background of Montserrat Bibioteca comprises about 300,000 monographs, some 6700 periodicals, 1,500 manuscripts, 400 incunabula, 400 old maps and important collections of prints and joys.
Of all the manuscripts out the Red Book, written between the fourteenth and fifteenth with Segel Miscellaneous • Ania a theological and devotional texts, and other geographical aspects, cultural and social. Also include a sheet with a piece of Forum ludicum, it's a Catalan translation of the twelfth century Visigothic a compilation of laws, one of the earliest known texts in Catalan.
Its funds are specialized in humanities and science, religious history Universal, particularly in medieval Europe, history of Catalonia and the countries Coraona of Aragon and an important collection of works on the Spanish Civil War.




Mission and Functions of the Library of Montserrat


The mission of the Library of Montserrat is to support reading and own investigation of a Benedictine monastery and is therefore a insturment essential to support the study center of the Abbey and the activity cultural Montserrat.
Currently the Library of Montserrat is also a space for culture deliberately open to the world and therefore accessible to researchers interested in the content our funds.


  • • Preserve and promote its rich cultural heritage and make it available the scientific community.
  • • To collect, preserve and disseminate bibliographic production related Montserrat.
  • • To disseminate the rich cultural heritage through publications, virtual exhibitions and participating in the formation of multiple digital libraries.
  • • Disseminate information about new employees through the page Web and online access to digitized catalog.
  • • To facilitate the dissemination of knowledge and its legacy through the bibliographic publication of reference tools and catalogs of manuscripts and collections especiaitzades or the publication of works relating to library holdings.