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The Book of Henryków digitalised

From 9 February 2010 the famous Book of Henryków can be read fully digitalised at FIDES Digital Library. It is written in 1268-1273. Currently the book is held in the Diocesan Museum in Wrocław.

The Book of Henryków (Polish: Księga henrykowska, Latin: Liber fundationis claustri Sancte Marie Virginis in Heinrichau) is a Latin chronicle of the Cistercian abbey in Henryków (German: Heinrichau) in Lower Silesia. It is notable as the earliest document to include a sentence written entirely in what can be interpreted as an early Polish: „day ut ia pobrusa, a ti poziwai”. It is placed on the 24th page, 9th line from the bottom.

See also Book of Henryków in Wikipedia.

FIDES Digital Library in Europeana

From 11th December 2009 resources of tenths of Polish digital libraries participating in the the PIONIER Network Digital Libraries Federation are available in European Digital Library – Europeana. These resources include over 250 000 digital objects made available by the hundreds of cultural and scientific institutions from different regions of Poland, including some church libraries. Among them are treasures of Polish national heritage, as well as interesting regional materials or modern scientific and educational publications. From the FIDES Digital Library initially comes 684 objects: about 600 full text articles and journals, 60 books, 13 old prints and incunabula (e.g. Mercator's Atlas Minor) and 3 theses. We are continuosly adding new object to our digital library.

Launching of the FIDES Digital Library

27 September 2006, during the 12. General Assembly of FIDES, the new digital library of FIDES was launched officially by bishop Piotr Jarecki from Warsaw. It was the 10th installation of the system dLibra in Poland. dLibra is the first Polish system for building digital libraries which has been developed by the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSNC) since 1999. dLibra system is now the most popular software of this type in Poland.