Records of Friends of Edinburgh University Library

Scope and Content

  • Various papers: minutes, agenda, circulars (very incomplete), 1964-1992
  • Friends Newsletter, issues 1-20 (some duplicates), 1981-1990
  • The Piper (Friends newsletter), issues 1-16 (1991-2000) and 28 (November 2006): 2001 - May 2006 wanting
  • Photographs taken at the naming of the Brenda Moon Room, 9 December 1997
  • Annual Reports, 1963-1996

Administrative / Biographical History

The establishment of the Friends of Edinburgh University Library (a recognised charity) followed an appeal made in 1962, with a leaflet sent to arround 22,000 people, most of whom were former staff or students of the University. An inagural meeting was held on 1 November 1962, where a constitution was adopted.

The Friends act as a channel for and assist in the purchase of rare and valuable items, which the Library could not otherwise acquire, and otherwise promote the reputation of the Library and its collections.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Acc 98/038: Photographs taken at the naming of the Brenda Moon Room

Acc 06/070: The Piper, no. 28

Alternative Form Available

Some issues of The Piper are available amongst the periodcals within Library General Collections.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Grant Buttars, 15 May 2007

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright rests with the Friends of Edinburgh University Library. Permissiom to reporoduce must be obtained from them.

Appraisal Information

This has been appraised.

Custodial History

Most material has been in the custody of Library staff members since creation, before being passed to University Archives.


Accurals likely