|Library, Mission San Juan Capistrano|
|Bell in the central courtyard of the Mission|
The padres needed books to establish, manage, and lead the Mission. They also relied on them for spiritual training and as means of spending time. Today, much of what we know about the Mission has come from journals, books, research papers, and oral history. The books range in their condition and many of them need conservation. Collectively, they are a treasured element of the Mission’s museum collection.
Books in the library date from the 1770s to the 1900s. They are made from vellum, paper, ink and leather.