On 14th September in 1812 Napoleon`s Army occupied Moscow, the latest venue in his “modernisation” of Europe.
On Saturday afternoon 14th September, 2013, starting at 2pm, the Library`s Level 12 is the capital venue for a Special Exhibition of Books and Archives. Both the Henry Heaney Room and the Special Collections Reading Room, with its panoramic views over the city, will be exhibiting some of the many books, archives and prints which have been acquired over some three decades, with the help of grants from The Friends of Glasgow University Library.
Members of staff will be on hand also to explain how these are being used in the work of the Library and in research and teaching in University departments. In addition there will be tours of the Library, most notably of the Conservation Unit and of the Post Graduate Centre, ending up at the Cafe Lounge.
The Friends society started almost 40 years ago just after the major move of the Library across University Avenue to its current abode. The creation of the new Library towers was the spark to bring together people interested in books, photographs and manuscripts and to help promote and support the Library in its work. Perhaps also the earlier creation of Friends of Aberdeen and of Edinburgh Universities hastened the society!
The Friends society is a registered charity and membership of the Friends, at a modest annual subscription, helps its activities and the Library in many ways, including equipment, conservation and digitisation, as do gifts and legacies in ensuring funds are available when most needed.
The current chairman of the Friends is Graeme Smith, who is researching business histories, and the honorary secretary is Dr Peter Davies of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. By happy, and busy, coincidence Peter is also the architect of the Marseilles and Glasgow Exhibition of shared cultures, history and geography which opens in the Exhibition Area on level 2 from mid September to the end of October.
The Friends also arrange Talks and Events in the Library (and some other venues) which are open to visitors; and members receive twice a year a lively and well illustrated Newsletter – in full colour – which is edited by Priscilla Barlow, who graduated in Theatre & Drama. The new calendar of Talks in October, November, February and April is on the Library website along with electronic copies of Newsletters.