NEW: The Directory of Collections is published

The new Directory of Collections was formally launched this week at a reception in the Centre for Research Collections. It is both a guide to the University’s extensive historic collections (mainly the named collections) and an opportunity to share its beautiful and surprising objects. It is published by Third Millennium and retails at £14.99 (paperback). … Continue reading

NEW: Friends Membership Survey Results

RESULTS OF THE FRIENDS SATISFACTION SURVEY The Friends’ Committee carried out a survey of members’ interests and future wishes in late autumn 2015, in order to assist with setting the future direction for the Friends. The Committee is very grateful to those Friends who replied: the response rate was 16%, which is about the current … Continue reading

On our earliest printed book…1440

Dr Stephen McDowall, Chancellor’s Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh, has written a fascinating paper on the earliest printed book in the Library collection: ‘Bibliographical Notes on the Early-Ming Copy of the Zhouyi zhuanyi daquan at the Edinburgh University Library’, Journal of the British Association for Chinese Studies, Vol. 4, August 2014. It … Continue reading

The Tale Of A Feather

An interesting article on our Friends logo is now available on the Library blog: Tale of a feather.

The Piper newsletter archive

The Piper is the newsletter of the Friends published in the spring and autumn each year. It is a wonderful record of the Library, its Collections and of the activities of the Friends. In order to make issues more widely accessible we are building this online archive of past issues. (Current issues will be made available … Continue reading

Revised Membership Subscriptions and new categories of Student and Joint Membership

Details of the revised subscription rates from 2014/15, including new categories for Students and Joint Members, are available here.

Letter from Arthur Conan Doyle, Creator of Sherlock Holmes, in City of Words

The Deadline news website has written a feature on the City of Words exhibition held in the Library in 2012, this time highlighting the display of a letter by former medical student and detective story writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Read their report here

Items from Ian Rankin’s Student Days on Display in City of Words Literature Exhibition

STV have produced a report on the City of Words Exhibition, which displays items from Edinburgh crime writer and former University of Edinburgh student, Ian Rankin. STV says: A matriculation card and thesis proposal belonging to Ian Rankin will go on display as part of an exhibition to celebrate 250 years of literature at his … Continue reading

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