The Jerome Bruner Library: From New York to Nijmegen

28 September 2020
The Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics acquired Professor Jerome Bruner’s personal library after he died at the age of 100 on June 5, 2016. The Jerome Bruner Library was opened at the beginning of 2020 and since then the rich collection has been available to the Institute’s employees and visitors. To commemorate the arrival and the new beginning of the Jerome Bruner Library in Nijmegen the Max Planck Institute published a booklet, entitled ‘The Jerome Bruner Library: From New York to Nijmegen’.

The booklet contains the edited versions of the lectures that were given during the opening of the library ­- by Pim Levelt (Director Emeritus), Karin Kastens (Head of Library) and Eleonor Fox (Professor at the New York University School of Law). Together they tell a story of the amazing and wonderful relocation of the Jerome Bruner Library and at the same time reveal the extraordinary life of a wonderful man and world-renowned scientist.

The booklet shows the richness of the handwritten dedications that characterise the books in the Jerome Bruner Library. Bruner’s ‘Gelehrtenbibliothek’ houses a variety of world-famous authors, with many of whom Bruner was befriended.

To create this booklet, the Max Planck Institute collaborated with the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, one of the world's most famous art academies. By combining the qualities of the Jerome Bruner Library, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and our Institute, we hope we have created a memorable publication, with the aim of enticing people to visit the library.

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