NEW: Help Save Charles Lyell’s Notebooks

Help Save Charles Lyell’s Notebooks Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875) was the greatest public figure in science of the mid-Victorian period. His geological breakthroughs paved the way for Charles Darwin’s theories. Indeed, Darwin once wrote: “I always feel as if my books came half from Lyell’s brains”.  Best known for his bestselling book Principles of Geology (1830-1833), Lyell … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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