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The Institute Library, which opened in 1929 with a mere 3,000 titles donated by St Michaelís College, today has holdings of about 150,000 volumes whose lustre is enhanced and complemented by specialized collections of 9,000 reels of microfilm and 60,000 slides. The Instituteís Academic Council alone exercises control and authority over Library policies and use. Access to the Library is normally granted to professors and graduate students of the University of Toronto who work in areas allied to the Libraryís resources and, on a more restricted basis, to other members of the University of Toronto who need to consult unique copies or materials not otherwise available at the University of Toronto. Every reasonable opportunity to use the Library is also granted to Guests of the Institute and other visiting scholars.
Policies and Regulations
The Library Pass must be shown to the door monitor upon entry.
Please sign the register. Although access is gratis, salaried card holders
are urged to help support the Library by becoming members of the
In addition to the principal collections of sources indispensable to any research on the Middle Ages (such as the Patrologia Graeca, Patrologia Latina, the Corpus Christianorum in its various series, the Monumenta Germaniae Historica, the volumes of the Acta Sanctorum) and major reference works (such as the Pauly-Wissowa and Der neue Pauly, the Italia Sacra, and the Gallia Christiana), patrons also have access to CD–ROM databases of the Corpus Christianorum series (CETEDOC), the Catalogue of Latin Incipits, and Thomas Aquinas’ Opera omnia (for further details, see). The Institute library contains seminar rooms, six individual offices (wired for network access), open study carrels, microfilm readers, a microfilm digital reader-printer with greyscale capabilities for enhancing images, as well as computing and photocopying facilities.
The Library now provides full-colour scanning service of most of its collection. This requires that scans be sent to the patronís email address as an electronic copy (JPG/TIFF/PDF). We aim to have the electronic copy sent within 24 hours of request (with the exception of weekends and holidays). The cost for this service is $0.25/page. Requests must be made in person as payment is required prior to the scanning. Further details and theare available.
Report from the
During the two years, July 2010–July 2012, the Library added about 2040 new volumes to its holdings, 147 of which were periodicals in five journals newly added to the collection: Mittellateinisches Jahrbuch, Mediaevalia, New Medieval Literatures, The Medieval Journal, and Cahiers de Recherches Médiévales et Humanistes. In addition, the Library purchased the Sanctoral Cycle of a manuscript Dominican missal from the thirteenth century (Bergendal MS 113) and six facsimiles of medieval manuscripts for the Rare Book collection.
We estimate that we have about 150,000 items (not counting about 60,000 colour slides). Printed books amount to about 100,000 titles; books on microfiche or microfilm 20,000; rare books 2,400 (39 incunabula); 25 manuscripts; 50 single manuscript pages; ca. 200 parchment documents; 9,000 manuscripts on microfilm; and about 1,500 CD-ROMs and DVDs. We subscribe to around 200 scholarly journals in 10 different languages, of which 76 represent the only current Toronto holdings. We also hold over 5,100 offprints of scholarly articles and pamphlets and help purchase on-line resources that are available to everyone in the U of T system.
In 2011 about 9,000 of our books were digitized and posted on the Internet Archive. This makes a total of about 11,000 books from the PIMS library now available online. In addition, about 6,000 colour slides from the Guest Collection of English monastic and conventual buildings, ruins, and sites) have been digitized. They are available for viewing on the online site FADIS (Federated Academic Digital Imaging System) accessible by anyone with a valid University of Toronto ID number. Finally, with funds from the Janet Hutchison Foundation, two of the Library's most important manuscripts were digitized and will be consultable on the PIMS website.
During the past two years we had 1181 registered readers, a decrease of around 8% over previous years. Most of them (966) were Canadians from 10 different provinces and at least 30 different universities or colleges, or were private scholars. From the USA 51 users came from at least 18 different states and 20 different universities. Sixty-one patrons from overseas used the Library, of which 27 were from England. On the average we serve 20–25 patrons each day. We provided access to over 800 microfilms / microfiches and CD-ROMS; and around 320 items from the Joseph Pope Rare Book Room were given to consultation. Over 400 requests for Inter-Library Loans were received, of which 70 could be filled by providing photocopies of the requested materials. The revenue generated from this was used for new acquisitions. Finally, we gave many tours of the Library to individuals, classes, and other academic and professional organizations.
The Gilson Collection is currently being reorganized to integrate uncatalogued materials, rearrange its holdings by publication date, integrate copies dedicated to Gilson or autographed by their authors, and generally make the collection more useful and better known. The same will eventually be done for the Maritain Collection.
We are grateful to the Janet E. Hutchison Foundation, the Centre for Medieval Studies, Maruja Jackman, the Friends of the Library, and Father Edward Jackman for contributions to our acquisitions funds. A gift from the Hutchison Foundation made possible the conservation of several books in the Joseph Pope Rare Book Room. The value of gifts in kind – manuscripts and printed works – amounted to nearly $700,000 over the two years.
We received particularly large numbers of books from the libraries of Diane Bennett, the late John Leyerle, Patricia Eberle, Margot King, and Olga Pugliese. Other gifts in kind or donations for journal adoptions came from Alexander André, Jonathan Bengtson, Oleg Bychkov, James Carley, Sheila Campbell, Rose Chaplan, Andrew Davidson, Natalie Zemon Davis, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Margaret English, Claude Evans, Father Robert Foliot, SJ, Joseph Goering, Carl Hammer, James Hankins, Bill Harnum, Ann Hutchison, Gertrud Jaron Lewis, Maruja Jackman, Nancy Kovacs, Rachel Koopmans, Father James McConica, CSB, Christopher McDonough, John Magee, Linda Marshall, Tina Marshall, Brian Merrilees, Andreas Meyer, Neil Moran, Michèle Mulchahey, Heather Darling Pigat, Stella Panayotova, Mary Martha Parrott, Martin Pickavé, Father William Sheehan, CSB, Philip Slavin, Father Allan Smith, CSB, Brian Stock, Jill Webster, Faith Wallis, and John Ward. Our apologies to any donors whose names we have failed to record.
We wish to acknowledge the work of our staff, Michael Sloan and Bill Edwards, and to Michael Bramah and Remi Pulwer of the John M. Kelly Library for their assistance.
JAMES K. FARGE, CSB
JONATHAN B. BENGTSON
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