ASSOCIATES (vol. 9, no. 2, November 2002) -

*Are These the 12 Most Beautiful Old Libraries in the World?*


Stuart Urwin
Ystad, Sweden
Tel: +46 411 121 70
Fax:+46 411 121 10

The 2003 edition of the Renaissance Library Calendar features 12 of the most beautiful old libraries in the World, dating from 1570 to 1926. Chetham's Library in Manchester, UK is one of the 12, as selected from nominations by information professionals all over the World. Its Reading Room has been chosen as the image for the calendar's cover.

Founded in 1653, Chetham's Library is regarded as the oldest surviving public library in continuous use in English speaking countries. It celebrates its 350th anniversary in 2003. The other 11 libraries featured in the calendar, in full colour, are from Australia, Austria, France, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, the UK and the USA. These wonderful old libraries have proved very popular with book lovers in nearly 40 countries. Each library photo is accompanied by a brief history and a description of items of special interest.

They include Redwood Library and Athenaeum, in Newport, Rhode Island, the oldest lending library in the USA, dating from 1747; two wonderful old abbey libraries in Austria - Altenburg and Kremsmuenster; and the magnificent Long Room in Trinity College Library, Dublin;

The calendar is published by ISIM in Sweden. Copies can be obtained at their website at or at the address below.


More about the Renaissance Library Calendar 2003

The 2003 edition of the Renaissance Library Calendar is now available, and is published by ISIM. It contains 12 photographs of beautiful old libraries ranging from 76 to 439 years old. The oldest library featured, Vilnius University Libruary, in Vilnius, Lithuania, dates back to 1570.

The full list of libraries:

Altenburg Abbey Library, Altenburg, Austria, 1729-42
Angelica Library, Rome, Italy, 1765
Boston Public Library, Boston, USA, 1895
Chetham's Library, Manchester, UK, 1653
Kremsmuenster Abbey Library, Kremsmuenster, Austria, 1680
Library of the Sorbonne, Paris, France, 1897
Mackintosh Library, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK, 1909
New York Academy of Medicine, New York, USA, 1926
Redwood Library and Athenaeum, Newport, Rhode Island, USA, 1747
State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, 1913
Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland, 1732
Vilnius University Library, Vilnius, Lithuania, 1570


More about ISIM, the publisher

The publisher, ISIM (Information Strategy and Information Management) is an information and knowledge management consultancy, based in Ystad, in the south of Sweden.

ISIM's Renaissance Library Collection contains a range of calendars, greeting cards, high quality prints and posters, all based on the theme of beautiful old libraries.

The company is owned and managed by Gunnel Stjernvall. Gunnel has experience of information work in communities, universities, parliament, government, the private sector as well as her own company. One of her visions for the future is to create more international activities for fellow information professionals, and to bring a global dimension to the profession.

As part of this vision, ISIM also publishes a free electronic newsletter, Global Info Jobs, which provides career advice and listings of jobs for librarians and information professionals from almost 20 countries. Details at

To order the calendar, visit the website at or contact:

Stuart Urwin,
Stora Vastergatan 45,
SE-271 35, Ystad, Sweden
Tel +46 411 121 70
Fax +46 411 121 10

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