Duns Scotus Library
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Duns Scotus Library, named after Franciscan philospher John Duns Scotus, is significant not only as a library but as a work of art. The central stained glass window captures the spirit of formal learning, displaying insignias from the Universities of Paris, Bologna, Cracow, and Oxford; the figure of medieval printer Aldus Manutius; and a reminder from I Corinthians that knowledge without charity is useless.
Numerous art pieces grace the library. Some of the more notable include two tapestries woven in France, one depicting Joan of Arc and the other St. Louis, King of France; 32 Majolica roundels of significant persons in the fields of politics, theology, philosophy, science, and the arts; and numerous European and Middle Eastern tiles. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the library is the hand-stenciled ceiling designed and executed by Sister Michaeline Lesiak and Sister Agneta Ganzel in only twelve days. It depicts in over 800 acoustical tiles the gifts of the Holy Spirit; the stylized symbols of iron internal beams combine the practical with the aesthetic. A room on the upper level of the library above the entrance was designed as a scriptorium.
Klewicki, Mary Dunstan. Ventures For The Lord: The History of the Sylvania Franciscans. Sylvania, OH: Sisters of St. Francis, 1990.
Lesiak, Michaeline. Art Catalogue: Narrative in the Duns Scotus Library. Sylvania, OH: Sisters of St. Francis, 1986.
Warpeha, M. Justinian. Of Evergreens Rooted In Yellow Sand, a Profile of Venerable Mother M. Adelaide, Foundress of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio. Sylvania, OH: Sisters of St. Francis, 1967.