Marischal College Library, Aberdeen, in the nineteenth century: An overview

Beavan, I. (2015) Marischal College Library, Aberdeen, in the nineteenth century: An overview. Library and Information History, 31(4), pp. 258-279. (doi: 10.1080/17583489.2016.1145858)

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This paper considers the last decades (1820s to 1860s) of Marischal College Library, Aberdeen, until its independent existence was extinguished as part of the fusion (1860) with King’s College, to form the University of Aberdeen. While the colleges themselves have been intensively studied, the actual and expected roles of Marischal College’s Library over those decades have been overlooked. The paper addresses students’ and graduates’ disaffection with the Library; the findings of the three royal commissions (1826, 1836, 1858), and the causes of the Library’s acerbic relationship with King’s College Library. The loss of the direct right of legal deposit, and of any subsequent compensation, damaged both the reputation and effectiveness of Marischal College’s Library. Consequently, its book stock, combined with the building’s constrained physical setting, rendered it unsuitable to become the main library for the fused university.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Beavan, Dr Iain
Authors: Beavan, I.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies
Journal Name:Library and Information History
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1758-3497
Published Online:24 January 2016

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