Can monks have their own books or electronic reading devices?

Can monks have their own books or electronic reading devices?

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Thanks for writing to us. Trappists take a vow of poverty by which we renounce our right to possess anything at all. So – no, a monk does not posses his own a books or electronic devices. Most monasteries have a large library which provides more books than any monk could read in a life time, but these are owned communally and for common use. I am not aware that electronic reading devices make much of an appearance in our monasteries at present. In the event they do in the future, the would likewise be owned communally and for the common use of all.

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