Special Collections Librarian
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester NY 14618
To make an appointment for the programs Behind the Book of Kells or The Book of Kells Experience, you may contact Michelle Price, or the Library's Office Manager, Lynn Seavy, at 585-385-8133.
St. John Fisher College is proud to present the Book of Kells at Lavery Library. Written around the year 800 AD, the Book of Kells contains a richly decorated copy of the four gospels in a Latin text. The gospels are preceded by prefaces, summaries of the gospel narratives and concordances of gospel passages. In all, there are 340 folios (680 pages) of illustrated manuscript.
The original Book of Kells is housed in Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In 1990, they authorized the production of a limited number of facsimiles. Our copy was purchased in 1991 as a gift to St. John Fisher College and the Rochester Community by Irish immigrants, Irish-American descendants, friends, and members of the Monroe County Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Ladies Auxiliary. The facsimile at Lavery Library, St. John Fisher College is Number 765 of a limited edition of 1480 books worldwide.