The British Province Library at Aylesford Priory in Kent.
A number of Carmelite Institutes exist around the globe, each with a particular remit and project focus, ranging from the promotion of spirituality at the popular level to scholarly academies for established scholars. Most Provinces have a research-level library and archives that members of the public are welcome to consult following prior enquiry.
The British Province of Carmelites has three libraries that can be accessed by scholars. Aylesford Priory in Kent houses the Provincial Library which specialises in the academic study of Carmelite history and spirituality (to email the librarian at Aylesford click here). Also at Aylesford is the Pilgrims' Library which provides popular-level resources to visitors. The third library is at the Carmelite Friary in East Finchley, north London, which - whilst not as extensive as the Provincial Library in Aylesford - provides resources for friars engaged in postgraduate studies, and others upon request. The Carmelite community at York has a small Carmelite spirituality section in the library of the Catholic Chaplaincy. Further information on British libraries with theological collections can be obtained from the Association of British Theological and Philosophical Libraries.
The Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI) was established in 2006 as a joint project of the Ancient (O.Carm.) and Discalced (O.C.D.) Observances of the Carmelite Family in those countries. CIBI offers distance-learning internet courses in Carmelite history and spirituality. At present it offers two undergraduate programmes, accredited by the Milltown Institute in Dublin, and is investigating the possibility of launching a Masters programme in 2011. The programmes offered by CIBI have proved tremendously popular with over 125 students enrolling in its first few years, from various parts of the globe. The CIBI Administrative Office is based in the Gort Muire Carmelite Centre in the Ballinteer suburb of Dublin. To read the latest edition of the CIBI Contact newsletter please click on the links below:
The Institutum Carmelitanum is the Carmelite Order's international academy of recognised scholars engaged in researching Carmelite Studies. Though its President is usually based in Rome at CISA (Saint Albert's International Centre), its membership is worldwide. The Institutum has its own private research library, the Bibliotheca Carmelitana, at CISA, with a searchable online catalogue.
The Carmelitana Collection is a private library belonging to the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary and is located at Whitefriars Hall in Washington, D.C. The library is not open to the public but does welcome scholars and serious students who wish to research Carmelite Studies.
The Titus Brandsma Institute in the Dutch town of Nijmegen is a leading centre for the study of spirituality, sponsored by the Dutch Province of Carmelites in partnership with Radboud University, and named in honour of Blessed Titus Brandsma.
Also in The Netherlands is The Dutch Carmelite Institute (Nederlands Carmelitaans Instituut) founded in Boxmeer in 1945 by the Dutch Carmelite Province (O.Carm) to support and promote the study of the history and spirituality of the Carmelite Order. Its extensive library and archives can be consulted by visiting scholars.
The Institute of Spirituality in Asia (ISA) is an academic research institute for the scholarly study of spirituality, particularly in an Asian context. It is a project of the Carmelite Order in the Philippines.
The Carmelite Library in Middle Park in the Victoria territory of Australia is a special theological library dedicated to study and research in the areas of Spirituality and Mysticism. The collection is unique within Australia. The Library is an affliated member of the Melbourne College of Divinity (MCD) and the first resource of the Institute for Christian Spirituality and Pastoral Formation (ICSPF). It is the Province Library of the Carmelite Friars in Australia-Timor Leste.
The Ancient Observance of Carmelites (O.Carm.) also has study institutes at popular and scholarly level in various other parts of the world, including: the Institut Karmel Indonesia in Malang; the Instituto de Espiritualidade Tito Brandsma (IETB) in the Brazilian city of Recife; the Carmelite Institute of the Iberian Peninsula; and the Instituto "San Pier Tommaso" in Rome.
The Institute of Carmelite Studies (ICS) in Washington, D.C., is a not-for-profit organization founded in the 1960s by friars of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites to promote a richer understanding and study of the Carmelite heritage. Through its publishing house, ICS Publications, the ICS provides the English-speaking world with excellent editions of the Carmelite classics at an economical price, as well as popular and scholarly introductions to a variety of Carmelite figures and themes.
The Teresianum in Rome is a Pontifical Theological Faculty and Institute of Spirituality run by the Discalced Carmelite Order.