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Conservation Study  -  2003

Edinburgh City Council is considering a major upgrading of Edinburgh Central Library, possibly by building a new extension at a cost of 25m on land behind the library currently used as a car park.  As an initial step, it has commissioned a Conservation Study.

Library Built - 1890

The library is a B-listed building, designed by George Washington Brown.  Like many other libraries around the world, it was partly paid for by Andrew Carnegie of Dunfermline, Scotland.

The building is 12 storeys high, built in the Cowgate, but with its main entrance in George IV Bridge/  Little change has been made to the library since it was built.

Edinburgh Room

The library includes the Edinburgh Room, a reference library with a collection of 100,000 books, maps, old prints, photographs, newspaper cuttings and other items. 

I have made good use of the Edinburgh Room collection, including its collection of old trade directories in compiling the lists of Edinburgh Professional Photographers for this web site.  The Edinburgh Room also holds the original Minute Books and other material for Edinburgh Photographic Society from 1862 onwards.

[Most of the details above were reported in Edinburgh Evening News, 13 September 2003, p.8]



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