Unchaining the library

Helping students and researchers get the resources they need

Welcome to MEMSLib

We are a digital library which brings together open-access online resources for students and researchers of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

We also offer a blog and advice pages, and a MEMSLib forum which connects our users with a wider community of remote, online, and hybrid researchers.

MEMSLib is an initiative from the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at the University of Kent. This student-led project developed out of our shared desire to support academic peers and colleagues during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Online Resources

MEMSLib continuously updates our online resource pages, bringing you the latest tools and websites to help with your research, wherever you are working. For example:

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Eastern European History

This new page brings together resources for teaching and studying the history, art, culture, and written records of Slavic countries during the medieval and early modern periods.

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Manuscript Studies

Palaeography, codicology, or diplomatic? We've gathered all you need to get started in the field of Manuscript Studies

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Early Modern History

We've created a list that provides the best digitised text websites to use as well as general bibliographies.

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The Forum

Our forum offers and online gathering-place and digital community to our MEMSlib site members. Need a chapter from a book you cannot access? Or need advice about the best resources to use? Head over to the forum to find the answers and resources you need.