State of research on the former monastic library
5-7 september 2018 Avranches (France)

Around the Virtual library of Mont Saint-Michel
State of research on the former monastic library


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bvmsm_siteThe publication of the Digital Library of Mont Saint-Michel in April 2017 was the occasion to make available to the public and researchers the records of 205 manuscripts (with their digital reproductions) and 1260 printed volumes from the former Monastic Library of Mont Saint-Michel. These books, seized by the State during the French Revolution, have been kept in Avranches since 1791.

The objective of this meeting is to take a look of recent research and work on books, both manuscripts and printed books, and on the library of Mont Saint-Michel. The period covered includes the Middle Ages and modern times: from the foundation of Mont Saint-Michel by the Bishop of Avranches Aubert (708) to the closing of the monastery during the French Revolution (1791).



The meeting concludes the first stage of a research program conducted in partnership between the University of Caen, the CNRS and the city of Avranches. The Maison de la recherche en sciences humaines (Pôle Document numérique and Office universitaire des études normandes ; USR 3486), the Centre Michel de Boüard (UMR 6273), the heritage library of Avranches and the Scriptorial have worked to create the Digital Library of Mont Saint-Michel, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (PAPE 2011-2012) and the Equipex Biblissima (projets partenaires 2015-2016). The meeting is also an opportunity to initiate new partnerships and work on the library of the Mont Saint-Michel.

Scientific Committee

- Marie Bisson, source analysis engineer, University of Caen Normandie (MRSH et CRAHAM)

- Pierre Bouet, honorary lecturer, University of Caen Normandie- Charlotte Denoël, head of the service of medieval manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale de France

- Catherine Jacquemard, professor, University of Caen Normandie (CRAHAM)

- Stéphane Lecouteux, head of the heritage library of Avranches

- Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk, studies director, École Pratique des Hautes Études


Ville d'Avranches  Scriptorial - Musée des manuscrits du Mont Saint-MichelMRSH - Pôle document numériqueOffice Universitaire d'Etudes Normandes  Centre de Recherches Archéologiques et Historiques Anciennes et Médiévales - Centre Michel de Boüard  Université de Caen NormandieCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique 

Biblissima - Patrimoine écrit du Moyen Âge et de la RenaissanceBibliothèque nationale de France   Centre des Monuments NationauxInstitut Universitaire de Francelogo_caenlamer

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