Library Associates Support Acquisition of Book of Hours

Book of Hours
This image is a derived from the Book of Hours.

    The University of Delaware Library Associates made a Special Fiftieth Anniversary gift of $100,000 to the University of Delaware Library on April 28, 2008 at the Annual Dinner.  The gift was used by the University of Delaware Library to acquire a number of new acquisitions, most notably a fifteenth century Book of Hours.

    A Book of Hours is a medieval volume that contains a collection of religious texts and prayers that are usually decorated and sometimes beautifully illustrated.  At once a beautiful work of art and an historical treasure, such a resource also has significant educational value.  Special Collections has regularly received requests from students to view and use a Book of Hours for study and research in such fields as art history, medieval studies, classics, history, religion, visual communications, and the history of the book.  Previously only facsimiles have been available.  Having an original illuminated manuscript means a great deal to the students, faculty, and scholars who benefit from the great and growing riches of the University of Delaware Library—and from the generosity of the Library Associates.  Such an anniversary acquisition is both beautiful and useful to students, faculty, and researchers and should be considered a once in half-a-century opportunity.

    The Fiftieth Anniversary gift was also used to acquire additional items for Special Collection’s including Indagine fisica sui colori  by Giambatista Venturi, (Modena: Presso la Societa Tipografica, 1801) and Omnia divini Platonis opera (Basileae: In Officina Frobeniana, 1546).

    The University of Delaware Library Associates is the “friends group” of the University of Delaware Library.  Further information about joining the Library Associates is available on the Library web at or interested persons may request a printed brochure by calling 302-831-2231.  Book lovers, persons who are interested in supporting the prominent library in Delaware, and/or persons who enjoy cultural activities that relate to books and authors are welcome to join the Library Associates.  The Library Associates have served a vital role of advocacy of the University of Delaware Library during the past five decades.  The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Library Associates is a proud achievement of generosity and enhancement of scholarship.