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Benedictine University, originally called St. Procopius College, was founded in 1887 by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey in the heart of Chicago's Slav community. The school served the area's large Czech population, which at the time was the third largest of any urban area in the world, behind only Prague and Vienna.
In order to serve this community, the Library acquired many books in Czech, as well as works about Czech history and the Czech experience in the United States. Czech materials remain a strength of our Special Collections.