As part of our role here, Malcolm and I have taken many photographs of the Main Library. Over the years this has built up an archive of born digital images that show the life of the Library. Before and after shots of the Main Library Redevelopment Project, seasonal shots of the building and campus environs, students using the facilities and CRC events- such as exhibition openings, have all been documented.
Occasionally, one of us has to play a cameo role in the photo’s on those days we just can’t seem to get a student in the right spot, Malcolm stars in this one…
Recently, we have had volunteers adding to this collection too, such as this lovely image from John Bryden.
Often, in our capacity as the photographers of the collections, we are asked to digitise historic images of the Library and staff, so in many ways it feels as though we are just continuing a long established tradition- it’s nice to think that in years to come these photos may become part of the history of the building!
More images of the Library, and the rest of the University, can be found here http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/UoEgal~4~4
Susan Pettigrew, Photographer