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The Libraries of Reichenau and St. Gall



Since the first half of the ninth century, the librarians at the monasteries of Reichenau and St. Gall kept records of the books owned by the monasteries. Both possessed extensive libraries, which contained books produced in their own scriptoria as well as those acquired elsewhere. Many of these books survive to this day, but are scattered in libraries throughout Europe. This virtual library reunites the manuscripts and is intended to be a virtual presentation of the two monasteries’ libraries as they were in the ninth century. These manuscripts give us a window into the intellectual life of the Carolingian world.

New to Reichenau and St. Gall? Start with our tours of the library's holdings and introduction to reading medieval scripts.

Already a specialist? Please see this discussion outlining the development of this project and the construction of the virtual library.

Terms of Use: The manuscripts on this site are provided solely for individual, non-commercial use. Reproduction of these images for publication, redistribution, licensing or sale is not permitted, nor is downloading of the images. All images are provided by the permission of the institutions that own the images and/or manuscripts. All inquiries concerning downloading or reproduction should be referred to the owning institution. Contact information for the owning institution is provided with each manuscript. By proceeding past this page into the virtual library, users agree to these terms.