NEW: Treasured volume saved for the nation

The important annotated edition of plays by influential English dramatist Ben Jonson – earmarked for sale to North America – has now been acquired by the University. An export bar was imposed on the book by the UK Government to give British libraries the chance to acquire it on the condition that they met the purchase … Continue reading

Video interview with previous Principal Professor Tim O’Shea

Our own Fiona Morrison-Graham (editor of the Piper) in discussion with past Principal Professor Tim O’Shea, who emphasises the significance of the Collections to the University: N.B. The password is ‘edinburgh’ (all lower case).  

Friends appeal: “this one is astonishing!”

Workes, an annotated edition of the writings by Ben Jonson, is at risk of being exported from the UK unless Edinburgh University Library can match the asking price of £48,000. Ben Jonson (1572-1637) is arguably the most important writer of the English Renaissance after Shakespeare. This extraordinarily rare volume is the only known example of a document … Continue reading

Gift a Membership – the perfect present!

Gift Membership: purchase a subscription to the Friends of Edinburgh University Library for a friend! If you are already a Friend and would like to make a gift of a subscription to the Friends of Edinburgh University Library to one or more of your friends, you are very welcome to do so. It’s not necessary … Continue reading

The Library@50 2018 Calendar

September 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Main Library at George Square. There will be a series of events and activities taking place throughout the 2017/18 academic year to celebrate. The 2018 Library & University Collections Calendar celebrates the Library’s 50th anniversary. Copies are available to purchase in person from the Centre for Research Collections, … Continue reading

Friends borrowing rights at the Library

Since 2016 Friends of Edinburgh University Library (FoEUL) can have access to Edinburgh University Library for reference purposes and can also borrow up to 15 books (Short Loan and Standard Loan). To register, please take photographic ID and proof of status as a Friend of the Library and proof of home address dated in the … Continue reading

The Directory of Collections – Friends now receive a 20% discount!!

The new Directory of Collections is a guide to the University’s extensive historic collections (primarily the named book and manuscript collections). It is published by Third Millennium and retails at £14.99 (paperback) and £25 (hardback). The book can be purchased at the University’s Visitor Centre, the Main Library’s sixth floor CRC reception, or via Waterstones or Amazon … Continue reading

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.

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