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Books of Hours Exhibit

The Marian Library is temporarily closed. Due to this closure, this exhibit is temporarily closed as well.

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Mary in Miniature

Books of Hours in the Marian Library's Collection

Jan. 27 – Nov. 6, 2020

Marian Library Gallery, seventh floor of Roesch Library
Free and open to the public

Books of Hours — devotional books centered on a series of prayers to the Virgin Mary — were the best-selling book in Europe for over 300 years, from 1250 to 1550. This exhibit highlights Books of Hours in the Marian Library’s collection — their art, their text and their unique (and sometimes unusual) features. Books of Hours, also called horae, not only contain artistic masterpieces in miniature, but also provide a window into the religious and social lives and customs of their medieval readers.

Also featured in the exhibit is an illuminated manuscript Book of Hours for use of Rouen, on loan from the collection of Stuart and Mimi Rose.

Plan Your Visit

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays, Jan. 27–Nov. 6 
(Closed April 10; May 25; July 3)


Tours are available for University of Dayton classes or groups with a minimum of six people. A docent will guide your group through the exhibit, offer insight and answer questions. To request a class session or group tour email or call 937-229-4214. 

If you are visiting Monday through Friday, a parking pass is required. For a free parking pass, drive through the main campus entrance on Stewart Street just east of Brown Street and follow the signs to visitor parking. Stop at the visitor center, and an attendant will issue a parking pass. The closest entrance to P Lot is the ground floor (Learning Teaching Center) entrance. B Lot is closest to the main entrance of Roesch Library.

map of area around Roesch Library


Marian Library

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Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1390