Library collections

Universitat Ramon Llull currently has 15 specialised libraries, the majority located in the northern part of Barcelona.

URL’s libraries include over 1,470,926 books. In addition, the different libraries subscribe to a large number of online resources adapted to each centre’s academic, teaching and research needs.

Nearly half of URL’s library resources has been digitalised and can be consulted through the URL catalogue and other group catalogues such as the CCUC (Catàleg Col·lectiu de les Biblioteques de Catalunya) and REBIUN (Red de Bibliotecas Universitarias-CRUE) which our libraries joined at the start of 2011. The part of the catalogue which still hasn’t been catalogued corresponds to special and rare book collections which are still being added.

Special and rare book collections

The university has several, very valuable special and rare book collections, including 524 incunabula, 2,850 manuscripts, and more than 37,000 documents printed before 1800. These items are distributed amongst the four following libraries:

F. Eiximenis (1392):
Llibre dels Àngels
Barcelona Seminary Episcopal Public Library (BPEB) / Faculty of Philosophy
Founded in 1775 by the Bishop, Josep Climent, BPEB is the oldest public library in the city of Barcelona. Its collection includes approximately 100,000 documents prior to the 20th century, with 93 incunabula, including the Llibre dels Àngels by Francesc Eiximenis (1392). BPEB’s collection of manuscripts, totalling 900 approximately, is rich and varied, with texts in Latin, Catalan, Spanish and some in Arabic. Worth noting is Geografia de Catalunya by Pere Gil (16th century). BPEB also has 2,500 printed texts from the 16th century and is one of the most important collections in Barcelona.

Llibre d'Hores del Duc de l'Infantat
Llibre d'Hores del Duc de
, (s. XV). Pergamí,
amb miniatures.

Borja Library (specific "ESADE-Sant Cugat" library section)
The origins of today’s library can be found in Tortosa. In October 1864, the Society of Jesus was able to install itself within an old Franciscan monastery located in Jesús (Tortosa-Roquetes). At that time, the Bishop of Tortosa ceded this space to the Jesuits and donated approximately 4,000 books. That was the start of the library. It was also where the Jesuits opened a Centre for Superior Studies which would serve as the seed for the Faculty of Philosophy and Theology. At the end of the 19th century, the Borja Library received several more important collections through donations, exchanges and the return of the books the Jesuits had lost with their expulsion from Spain in 1767.

Today, the library’s collection includes 270,000 texts including 600 manuscripts including those in Hebrew from a synagogue once found in Tortosa. There are other texts in other languages such as Catalan, Latin, Malaysian, Tamil, Coptic and Ge’ez (the ancient Ethiopian language). The collection includes parchments, 42 rolls, 41 incunabula, 1,127 rare and valuable books, and approximately 21,000 volumes of documents dating from the 16th to 18th centuries as well as other unique items of great historical value.

Athanasius Kirsher, S.J.
(1654): (...) Magnes siue
de arte magnetica opvs
tripartitvm (...)
Ebro Observatory University Institute Library
The Ebro Observatory University Institute’s library dates back to a change within the Society of Jesus at the end of the 19th century when it decided to incorporate Natural Sciences into the curriculum at its Col·legi Màxim. This is how the Ebro Observatory was inaugurated in 1904 next to the Faculty of Philosophy, specialising in “Earth and Space Sciences”. From the outset, its library was conceived as a fundamental resource to be able to carry out research at the Observatory dedicated to promoting science. It also began establishing links with other scientific institutions around the world.

The library currently has approximately 11,000 volumes of which 1,400 date from before the 20th century. Its documentary collection is dedicated fundamentally to the History of Science, including an incunabulum on Astronomy, approximately 50 texts from the 16th to 18th centuries, the historical collection of the magazine, Ibérica, as well as the following special collections: the legacy of the Naturalist, J. J. Landerer, and the donation of Narcís Monturiol Library’s technical books.
Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers
M. Diderot, M. d'Alembert
 Encyclopédie ou
Dictionnaire raisonné 
des sciences, des arts
et des métiers
Montserrat Monastery Library
This library began to take shape based on the manuscripts prepared by the monastery’s own scriptorium from its very foundation in the 11th century and, as well, thanks to orders, donations and acquisitions. Its collection suffered some losses, however, during the Napoleonic Wars when, in 1811, the monastery was destroyed. At the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th, it would once more begin to grow tremendously. The collection was saved during the Spanish Civil War and, after the latter’s end, doubling the number of items until reaching today’s figure of 350,000 books, with 6,800 periodicals, 1,400 manuscripts, 400 incunabula, 18,000 engravings and 500 ancient maps. The library specialises in Human Sciences and Theology.

The library’s mission is to support reading and research for the Benedictine Monastery as well as support its study centres and Montserrat’s cultural activities. The library is also open to researchers and readers interested in History, Human Sciences and Theology. In addition, it aims to collaborate to make its collection available via new media to create spaces for dialogue and exchange with the contemporary world.

Cooperative projects and collections

logo TDX TDX (Tesis Doctorals en Xarxa) is a cooperative collection and network of digitalised PhD theses presented at universities in Catalonia and other Autonomous Communities in Spain. Users can access theses freely, and the network allows searching entire texts, by author, thesis director, title, subject matter, university and department, year presented, etc. Click here to consult the list of URL PhD theses.
Logo RACO RACO (Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert) is an open access archive of complete articles in scientific, cultural and erudite Catalan journals. RACO’s objective  is to increase the visibility and consultation of the journals in the archive and spread the scientific and academic output published in Catalan journals. To consult the URL journals included in RACO, click here.
Logo Googlebooks The Montserrat Monastery and Barcelona Seminary Episcopal Public Library BPEB)/Faculty of Philosophy libraries are two of the four Catalan libraries which, under the Library of Catalonia’s coordination, participate in Google Books by digitalising a part of their collections. The books included in the website (28,300 titles) are free of royalties, in numerous languages and come from around the world. Visitors can search and consult the complete text of the majority of works as well as download them free of charge.


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