- a room, as in a monastery, library, or other institution, where manuscripts are stored, read, or copied.
Origin of scriptorium
Examples from the Web for scriptoria
The scriptoria were manufactories of books and not centres of learning.
For much curious information about scriptoria and monastic libraries, see Maitlands Dark Ages, quoted above.Scenes and Characters of the Middle Ages
Edward Lewes Cutts
These two scriptoria were, at a later date, to become the nursery of English illumination.Illumination and its Development in the Present Day
Mention also is made elsewhere in dealing with monastic art of the usages of the scriptoria.Illuminated Manuscripts
John W. Bradley
The scriptoria of the monasteries were the places where the transcribing and illuminating of MSS.From Chaucer to Tennyson
Henry A. Beers
- a room, esp in a monastery, set apart for the writing or copying of manuscripts
Word Origin and History for scriptoria
"writing room," 1774, from Late Latin scriptorium "place for writing," noun use of neuter of Latin scriptorius "pertaining to writing," from Latin scriptus, past participle of scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).