Purging the university libraries : the University of Zaragoza’s Comisión Depuradora de Bibliotecas during the Spanish Civil War

Objective: to examine the importance of the purging committee known as the Comisión Depuradora de Bibliotecas del Distrito Universitario de Zaragoza (“Library Purification Committee of the University District of Zaragoza”) during the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939), considering the origins of the committee, its members’ provenance and its impact on the university library’s daily life and services.

Methodology: analysis of books, the press and other associated documentary sources.

Results: understanding the meaning, impact and structure of the Zaragoza Committee.