The Reorganisation of the Library at Mariastein Abbey

An Adventure with a Happy Ending

Authors

  • Gabriella Hanke Knaus Information management in archives and libraries, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Abstract

For a monastery, the library is much more than a repository of books. It reflects the culture of the word and the book, patiently cultivated and handed down over the centuries.

It reflects the culture of the word and of the book, patiently cultivated and handed down over the centuries, in the awareness that the WORD of God, tangible in the Bible, is at the centre of the Christian faith. This is also true of the library of Mariastein Monastery (Switzerland).

Its holdings also reflect the turbulent and eventful history of the monastic community.

In 2013, the library was a book depository in which two-thirds of the books had not been catalogued, and the lack of space and poor conservation conditions were in urgent need of remedy. The Monastery of Mariastein therefore decided to undertake a complete reorganisation, covering all aspects of a library - acquisition/cassation, cataloguing, conservation, conversion of the rooms and the move into the public domain.

Author Biography

Gabriella Hanke Knaus, Information management in archives and libraries, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

Gabriella Hanke Knaus holds a doctorate in musicology and was the director of the Swiss office of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) from 1985 to 2010. From 2010 to 2012, she completed an MAS in Archival, Library and Information Science at the Universities of Berne and Lausanne. Since 2016, she has been director of the Mariastein Monastery Library. She is also responsible for the reorganisation project of the Monastery Library. As a member of the Association of Swiss Abbey Librarians, she is able to bring the specificities of abbey libraries to the wider association of librarians of theological institutions in Switzerland.

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Published

2024-06-14

How to Cite

Hanke Knaus, G. (2024). The Reorganisation of the Library at Mariastein Abbey: An Adventure with a Happy Ending. BETH Bulletin: European Theological Librarianship, 2(1), 68–74. Retrieved from https://bethbulletin.eu/ojs/index.php/bethyb/article/view/1190