KUL Library as a workplace for a researcher working on Isidore of Seville based on author’s experience Cover Image

Biblioteka Uniwersytecka KUL jako warsztat pracy izydorianisty na podstawie własnych doświadczeń
KUL Library as a workplace for a researcher working on Isidore of Seville based on author’s experience

Author(s): Tatiana Krynicka
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Archiving, Cataloguing, Classification, Social history
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Wydział Teologii
Keywords: the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin; KUL Library; the Church Fathers; Isidore of Seville; Etymologiae; Jacques Fontaine

Summary/Abstract: KUL Library constitutes an excellent workplace for scholars from many fields, including theologians, historians, philologists who study the achievements of Isidore of Seville - a great erudite, author of the famous Etymologiae, an outstanding teacher and tutor of medieval Europe. The library collection includes all his scriptures, edited by J.P. Migne (volumes 81-83 of Patrologiae Latinae), also in the form of critical editions in recent collections and series. In addition, it has numerous publications, although published before 1990, dedicated to the life and legacy of Isidore, primarily by J. Fontaine, as well as the works referring to the times and cultural environment of the encyclopaedist. Isidore was a compiler, so it is crucial for a researcher dealing with Isidore to be acquainted with his sources - works of classical authors and Christians, Greek and Latin writers and poets, which are also in the collections of KUL Library.The Bishop of Seville’s knowledge was of a literary character, but related to God and the whole world created by him. The library contains the literature necessary for the researcher, who, wishing to understand Isidore-a specialist, should educate himself in these fields of knowledge on which Isidore worked. Difficulties arising from the lack of necessary publications in the library are effectively resolved by taking advantage of the effectively functioning Interlibrary Loan. In recent years, KUL Library has been enriched with modern tools such as the Electronic Card Catalog and Digital Library. Providing access to scientific databases enables readers to find works on Isidore, which are written in the most remote corners of our planet. The staff of the Library deserve special gratitude. They are consistently competent, helpful and dedicated to their work. Their knowledge and kindness are the second – apart from the extensive collection - magnet which attracts numerous readers (also the ones working on Isidore) to KUL Library from all over the country.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 105
  • Page Range: 103-124
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: Polish