Events and meetings in 2018/19:

Please note that members may bring a friend to the Annual General Meeting talk, but for other events any accompanying friend(s) will be invited to make a donation of £5 to the Friends.


Private celebration to mark the acquisition of Ben Jonson’s Workes

Date: Tuesday 11th December, 2018 at 15:00
Venue: Treasures Room, (meet on the 6th floor), Main Library, George Square

Friends of Edinburgh University Library are warmly invited to join staff in the Centre for Research Collections at a private celebration of the acquisition – with your help – of the unique annotated copy of Ben Jonson’s Workes (1640).  Through the generous response of Friends to the Jonson Appeal, this book has been added to University special collections, joining the existing strong holdings of Shakespeare and early English drama.

Please come along and see the book at first hand in the Treasures Room.  There will also be other collection items on view, some purchased with support from the Friends, and some of which may surprise you!

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 11 December, 15:00 to 17:00.

Refreshments will be served.

Please let us know by Monday 3rd December if you plan to attend this private celebration.  You can sign up by email: or in writing: Alason Roberts; Friends of EUL; Edinburgh University Library; George Sq; Edinburgh EH8 9LJ.



We are pleased to invite you to the Preview of the new Library exhibition:

Rare Books? Expect the Unexpected

Date: Thursday 29th November, 5:30 – 7:30 pm (speeches at c.5:50 pm)

Venue: Main Library Exhibition Gallery, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ

An exhibition of things you wouldn’t expect to find in Rare Books.  We have some unlikely-sounding things in the collections: comics; ephemeral-looking pamphlets; cheaply-printed books; things which are not that old and appear run-of-the-mill; things which aren’t even books. They are all here for a reason…

Free admission. 30 November 2018 – 2 March 2019. Open Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm

Please RSVP by email to


Further events in the 2018/19 season will be announced soon


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