Philobiblon is published twice a year as a publication of the “Lucian Blaga” Central University Library in Cluj-Napoca. The language of the publication is English in order to make it widely accessible for an international audience.
The concept of the journal is defined by the logo Ideas-Books-Society-Readings. Our publication encourages multidisciplinary studies in various fields of the humanities (including, but not limited to history, history of culture, philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, anthropology, sociology, literary theory and criticism, linguistics, art history, library and information science), primarily encouraging multidisciplinary researches which analyse the concept Ideas-Books-Society-Readings from different, but convergent viewpoints, opening towards a better understanding and conceptualization of the world we live in.
The Philobiblon journal offers a multidisciplinary framework for academic manifestations and communication for researchers from Romanian and foreign universities, whose fields of research involve books and the role of written culture in the history of civilization. It is also a forum where ideas (historical, political, social and cultural) that determined and influenced changes in society are problematized through a constructive and significant reading or interpretation. Philobiblon is an open and dynamic space for researches that bring a productive multidisciplinary contribution to the knowledge and analysis of the vast field of books and culture in general, being in a continuous process of reassessment in relation with today’s information society.
The journal Philobiblon contains two permanent sections: Original Studies and Articles and Miscellanea or the review section.
The journal is published in print twice a year. The content of each issue is covered full-text electronically in international databases. The table of contents of the issue, as well as the abstracts and keywords of the articles are listed on the journal’s website.
Philobiblon has had a series of different subtitles, and a publication frequency alternating between one and two issues per year:
- 2011- present - Philobiblon – Transylvanian Journal of Multidisciplinary Research in Humanities - 2 issues per year
- 2009 - 2010 - Philobiblon – Journal of the Lucian Blaga Central University Library - 1 issue per year
- 1998 - 2008 - Philobiblon – Bulletin of the Lucian Blaga Central University Library - 1 issue per year
- 1996 - 1997 - Philobiblon – Bulletin of the Lucian Blaga Central University Library - 2 issues per year
The Hermeneutica Bibliothecaria volumes were Romanian anthologies of the studies on library and information science published in English in Philobiblon. The volumes anthologized articles included in the sections Hermeneutica Bibliothecaria (originally with the subtitle A changing profession in a transitional society) and Special Collections of the library, connected to library institutions and professions. The last anthology volume was published in 2011, when the two anthologized sections of the journal were removed.