#UofGLibrary50 – Help us celebrate by sharing your favourite memories of the Library 🎉


September this year marks the 50th anniversary of our location at Hillhead Street. Help us celebrate by sharing your favourite memories and telling us what you love about the Library from your time as a student, member of staff or visitor to the building.  Fill out our online form or use #UofGLibrary50 on social media.


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  1. I was an undergraduate student in 1973 in Electrical Engineering, doing a final-year project on “The Optical Kerr Effect”, which is the interaction between light and intense electric fields in various materials.

    In the mid-19th Century, John Kerr was a distinguished physicist – a U of G graduate who studied under Lord Kelvin. The subject area was fascinating and important research territory, but it also had this additional dimension of “local” interest (Kerr’s father was a fishmonger from Ardrossan).

    As an innocent student, I wandered up to the new Library Building hoping to search out any relevant material for my research. Approaching the desk with the greenery sprouting from behind my ears, I tentatively asked “Do you have anything by John Kerr?”. The diligent staff suggested I returned tomorrow to see what they could find.

    I returned the next day anticipating some new information, but I was astonished to be given JOHN KERR’s ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT on the Optical Kerr Effect. Wow! I had to sign a document saying that I would look after them, and return said documents the following week. Maybe that would not happen today, but I guess we were more trusting in these days. It is a mightily-valuable document in the history of Physics, and honestly, the scribble “Colin was ‘ere” on page 6 is not mine! Only joking – it was treated with due reverence.

    However, that trust and proximity to historical greatness inspired me into a lifetime’s research career in Integrated and Fibre Optics, and this Library treasure should be widely recognised a significant part of the assets of this great institution. Thanks U of G Library!

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