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. Always with an eye towards all areas of knowledge, whether sacred or secular, we hope to one day provide a tranquil space for visitors who, seeking answers to life’s questions, desire for themselves a more perfect library.
In the period historians now refer to as Late Antiquity (200-700 AD), the original Vivarium was a monastery in the Calabria region of Italy that collected manuscripts in danger of disappearing. Like in the original Vivarium, our customers value of learning from books.
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.