A B O U T
VIVARIUM, LLC is a scholarly and collectible bookstore dealing in ancient and medieval studies usually with an emphasis on religious thought.
As Rome fell in the period historians now refer to as Late Antiquity (200-700 AD, or
"Dark Ages"), the original Vivarium monastery in Italy preserved a library meant to promote, through careful study of divine and human sciences, the unity of mankind in God.
This meant building bridges between East and West, Germanic and Roman worlds, ancient to the medieval, and finally man and God. We hope to one day provide a tranquil space for visitors who seek for themselves understanding and a more perfect library.
SUBJECTS: Ancient & Medieval Studies, Biblical, Monasticism, Theology, Philosophy, Church History, Art, Orthodoxy, Liturgy, and more.
THOMAS KISER, MLIS, IOBA has more than a decade of full time experience in the second-hand academic and collectible book trade. He earned his BA-History from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, completing an academic internship and seminar on medieval paleography & codicology at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, a monastic live-in program at St. John's Abbey, and traveled excessively during a semester abroad in Greece and Italy. After graduation Tom was hired by Thomas Loome, D.Th. of Stillwater, MN, and from St. Catherine University he earned his Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. In 2010 he founded Vivarium, LLC and has served full-time as proprietor with occasional employees since. There is always too much to do.