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Hidden Libraries II (2nd - 13th July 2018)

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Topic and target group

There are a number of historical libraries in Europe and elsewhere that are inaccessible or are not accessible to the scientific community or public. There are also book collections that are endangered because of their state of preservation.

The theme of the Summer School will present different elements of a hidden library with particular focus on manuscript fragments. It aims at creating awareness on the issues connected to such collections in order to better preserve this kind of European heritage. It also offers various tools that help make visible on our screens what is so far hidden on shelves.

The Summer School within the Utrecht Network is open to students at bachelors, masters and doctoral level from the following fields of study: Library Science, Book History, Codicology, Book Conservation, Metadata and Cataloguing, Digitization Techniques, Cultural Heritage, Digital Humanities.


The programme comprises a variety of subjects which are condensed in the units which can be seen below:

  • Introduction and presentation of the topic
  • Materials and Codicology
  • Cataloguing and Metadata
  • Aspects of book preservation
  • Hidden Libraries: Case Studies
  • Fragmentology
  • Digitization techniques

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The Summer School on hidden libraries is organized into study units. Midway through the Summer School a cultural programme will also be offered; this will take place at the weekend.


Sessions Monday – Friday
Daily units3 (3 in the morning, 3 in the afternoon)
Period 2 weeks (= 5 + 5 working days)
Credits 6 ECTS (contact hours plus paper)
Methodology Lectures and workshops
Language English

The courses are given by an international team of experienced lecturers, the majority of them being partners in the Utrecht Network.


The total student participation fee is 600 Euro. It covers course costs, tuition and accommodation for the entire two weeks. A number of grants (up to 250 €) are available and will be awarded upon being nominated to attend the Summer School. Participants will have to pay for their travel costs.

Application deadline: April 1st, 2018

Find further information and the application form on: (under construction)

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Academic enquiries

Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Erich Renhart

Heinrichstrasse 78A/II
A-8010 Graz

  • Dr Erich Renhart (Graz)
  • Dr Mariana Tomić (Zadar)
  • Dr Theresa Zammit Lupi (Malta)

Administrative enquiries

Birgit Roth


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