The Institute of Arts and Humanities offers a specialized library covering the most diverse areas within the field of the Humanities. In addition to a valuable collection of rare books and the complete works from major writers and thinkers, the library includes thousands of volumes of critical literature, either in book form or as scientific journals, thus supporting research in Literary and Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Philosophy.
Dating back to the founding of the Center for Portuguese Studies (CEP) in 1980 and the subsequent expansion to the Center for Humanistic Studies (CEHUM) in 1994, the Institute's library has, over the years, adapted to the evolution of research in the Humanities. Considering that during the last decades this field of research has diversified and branched into multiple subdomains, such as Gender Studies, Post-Colonial Studies, Performance and Interarts Studies, among others, and also because a second research center in the institute, the Center for Ethics, Politics and Society (CEPS), was created in 2016, the library has recently undergone profound restructuring and expansion works. Since the end of 2018 it comprises several duly equipped meeting and study rooms designed to serve students and teachers of the various undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Arts and Humanities and other schools of the University, as well as other researchers working in their two centers or coming from other internal or external institutions to the University.
As a tribute to the founder of both CEP and CEHUM, the library bears, as of December 2018, the name of this prestigious researcher in Portuguese Studies and famous Literary theorist, former President of the Institute of Arts and Humanities as well as former Vice-Rector of the University of Minho: Prof. Vítor Aguiar e Silva.
Opening hours of the Vítor Aguiar e Silva Library:
Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 11:30 and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.
Phone number. (++351) 253 604184