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New Graduate Trainee post in Centre for Research Collections We are for the first time offering a one-year Graduate Trainee post: Many libraries and colleges offer traineeships – this is unique in that the successful candidate will get …Continue reading →

Lewis Grassic Gibbon on display in Centre for Research Collections The new exhibition in the CRC Display Wall features books by leading Scottish novelist Lewis Grassic Gibbon.  Gibbon, whose real name was James Leslie Mitchell, is best known for his …Continue reading →

Christmas in the David Laing manuscripts This is a leaf from MS.33, a 15th century Gradual received by the Library as part of the David Laing bequest in 1878.  We have recently been awarded a substantial …Continue reading →

Darwin cataloguing project completed Today we have finished the cataloguing of our Darwin collection.  Almost last to be done was one of the nicest finds – offprints of two of Darwin’s early articles, on …Continue reading →

Oatmeal and peppermint In March 2014 our main exhibition will feature items purchased for the collections with the help of the Friends of Edinburgh University Library.  Our intern has been looking at possible exhibits …Continue reading →

500 years of Gavin Douglas CRC is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the first translation of Virgil’s Aeneid into Scots, by the Edinburgh poet Gavin Douglas. Gavin Douglas completed his Eneados, a translation of Virgil’s …Continue reading →

Display of new purchases today Today at 2pm there’s an opportunity to see new purchases in rare books and manuscripts, made with support from the College of Humanities and Social Science in 2012-13.  Everyone is …Continue reading →

Ethiopian Horses in the thesis collection These stunning watercolours of zebras in north-eastern Africa are a surprising find in the Library’s collections of early theses, held in Special Collections. They come from a thesis written by J. …Continue reading →

Peter Higgs

Peter Higgs and Hunting the Boson Peter Higgs – one of the University’s most famous living physicists – is the subject of a new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.  We have loaned one of …Continue reading →

Latest find in Heiskell Darwin Collection Our Darwin cataloguing is producing some interesting finds.  The most fascinating this week is this volume, “A Manual of scientific enquiry prepared for the use of Her Majesty’s navy”, 1849, …Continue reading →

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