A Late Night in The Library

For all of you working on your abstracts (CfP closes in twelve days!) Here is the former library of King’s College, Aberdeen. Sadly this version was completed after MacDonald’s time, although rather fittingly the library of his time was at the back of the chapel. Happy writing everyone!

 

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Kings Collage Library 1870

Kings College was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. Marischal College was founded as an independent university in 1593. The two formed the University of Aberdeen in the fusion of 1860. The core of Kings College Library was formed from the books Elphinstone left in the latter years of his life. The books were originally housed in a room in the south east tower (now the round tower). They were then moved to a building on the south side of Kings College Chapel, and in 1773 to the west end of the Chapel. They were located in 1870 to a new building as illustrated. This library was extended in 1885, with galleries being installed in 1912, reading desks in 1932 and a mezzanine floor in 1964. This image shows Kings College Library when it was closed in 1983. The library was converted into Kings College Conference Centre in 1991.

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