Next month sees the public launch of a new and highly illustrated book celebrating the University of Glasgow Library from its origins in the 15th century to the present day, with a look to the future. It also contains an account and full-colour examples of the unique and distinctive collections which are of international standing, attracting students and visitors from around the world.


Cover of the new book

Printed on art paper and with over 250 illustrations, the new book THE UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW LIBRARY: FRIENDLY SHELVES is being published by The Friends of Glasgow University Library in association with the Library. It is available in hardback, softback and e-book, through bookstores including the Glasgow University Gift Shop and online.

All proceeds are being donated to the Library to support its programme of public engagement.

There is an introductory Special Pre-Publication Offer open until 12th June with savings per copy of up to 25%  by ordering now either in person at the University Gift Shop (open seven days a week) or by phoning the shop at 0141 330 5511 or online through www.friendsofgul.org  which is the new website of the Friends.

6  artist James McNeill Whistler

Glasgow holds the largest single collection in the world of the correspondence and papers of the artist James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), complemented by an extensive library of over 1,000 volumes on Whistler including some 200 from the artist’s library.

Standing high above University Avenue the Library also stands on the shoulders of those who have gone before, in the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and for the benefit of all. The Digital Revolution, equal to the fifteenth-century invention of the printing press which democratised learning, is enabling the Library to unlock its many treasures and make them more widely available here and overseas.

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Thanks to its guest writers the new publication charts the twists and turns of life, education and growth from the Renaissance & Reformation, to the Enlightenment; Industrial Expansion & Migration; War, Peace & Opportunity and on to New Horizons.

10  Corean Chief and his Secretary

‘Corean Chief and his Secretary’ from Basil Hall’s Account of a Voyage of Discovery to the West Coast of Corea and the Great Loochoo Island published in 1818.  Captain Basil Hall (1788-1844) was a British naval officer and author from East Lothian, whose account describes this commission, his explorations in the little known eastern seas and his visit to Canton.

Visual delights from the holdings and archives open up from Special Collections, the Scottish Theatre Archive, Early Photographs, the University Archives, the Scottish Business Archive, Children`s Literature, Central and East European Studies, the Map Collection, Travel, Topography and Exploration, the Botany Collection and the Medicine Collection.

4  Florida Jay  from The Birds of America

Florida Jay from The Birds of America; from original drawings by John James Audubon, 1838: one of the priceless holdings of the Library.

5  Cartoon by Twym showing the Rectorial Campaign in 1905

Cartoon by Twym showing the Rectorial Campaign in 1905

The Friends of Glasgow University Library

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