Library

Library

Kliknite za povečavo Franciscans have always appreciated the study of theology as well as of other sciences. Thus, from the very beginning they have appreciated and collected books. It was Fr. Hijacint Repič (1863–1918), who dedicated much time to the library in Koper and cleared up and supplemented the catalogue. At his time, the library comprised about 12,000 volumes and also kept 59 incunabula and 83 rare and valuable books. Upon the order of Italian authorities, the latter together with the catalogue were taken to Venice by the Franciscans of the Venetian province between the years 1942 and 1944.

After 1948 the state of Yugoslavia brought the then library to the collection centre in Portorož and subsequently to the present Srečko Vilhar Central Library in Koper. This library kept a part of the library stock, whereas the rest (primarily works of religious character) was, after repeated requests of the Franciscans, returned to St Anne’s church. Here it was preserved by Fr Atanazij Kocjančič, who gave over his living quarters to the books. While travelling between the collection centre and the central library and then back to St Anne’s, the library stock was attacked and robbed by “eager” private collectors. From time to time some private collectors find enough courage to return the books that came into his hands due to historical circumstances to their original place i.e. to the monastery. We are grateful to them as well as to all those who are still going to do it.