The David Murray Book Collecting Prize 2019-20

The David Murray Book Collecting Prize is now open to applications from all currently registered University of Glasgow students. Read on to find out more about how to enter and your chance to win £500!

The purpose of the prize is to encourage collecting of books or other printed material – anything with the written word. The prize is made available through generous donation and offered in honour of David Murray (1842-1928) the Glasgow lawyer and passionate book collector who had a long association with the University of Glasgow. He presented his personal library of some 15,000 printed books and 200 manuscripts to the University in 1927.

Regarded as one of the most important of our Special Collections today, many of the books he acquired relate to Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The University of Glasgow Library is interested in hearing from students about their own collections of the written word and why they’re excited about them. Therefore, applicants are asked to submit an annotated list or catalogue of items owned, as well as any anticipated future additions, with a separate statement of the concept of the collection.

The winner of the prize will receive:

  • £500 for the winning entry
  • £250 towards the purchase of an item for the Library (this will be matched by the Friends of the University of Glasgow Library giving a total of £500) to be chosen by the winner in collaboration with Library staff
  • One year’s membership of the Friends of the University of Glasgow Library

The deadline for applications is 20 February 2020.

To apply, please visit our website for details and conditions of entry: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/library/collections/davidmurrayprize/ .

Read about the winner of the 2018 prize.

Read about the winner of the 2017 prize.



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