The Library

Librarium Mauritanum — the oldest library in Estonia

The first library in Estonia was founded around 1250 in Tallinn by the local Dominicans. It was situated in the eastern wing of the Dominican Monastery. The objective of the library was to satisfy the literature needs of friars and a local monastery school. As a disciple of St. Albertus Magnus and St. Thomas Aquinas, lecturer Mauritius played an important role in establishing new standards in educating local friars. Under his instructions, both the school and the library achieved a considerable standard. Many original documents preserved from the library are now kept in the Tallinn City Archive and the incunabula department of the National Library of Estonia. The library worked in the rooms of the monastery until the beginning of the Reformation, whereafter the monastery lost its proper function and was used as a military warehouse.


Priors room

In 1994, the library was restored by the Mauritian Institute and named Librarium Mauritanum in the honour of Lecturer Mauritius. Since 1995 the Library has been used as the meeting place for the philosophical discussions and conference events.

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