Befriend the Library!

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The Library of the University of Glasgow is one of the great libraries of the scholarly world, having its origins in the 15th century, and the Friends of Glasgow University Library (formed in 1975) help to support, develop and promote it in every way possible (and enjoy themselves doing it!). The Friends society is open to all.

By harnessing donations and legacies we help support the Library & Archives in the acquisition of rare books, manuscripts, collections of papers and photographs as and when such come on to the market - which often enough is at short notice. In such circumstances it is particularly helpful to the Library to have access to funds that may be made available immediately. The Friends also assist in the purchase of state-of-the art, specialist equipment for exhibitions, for the expanding conservation studio, and software for digital mapping and on-line bibliographies. We also contribute to major digitisation projects, and the conservation of historic books and documents.

The Friends help promote the Library in its wider role of public engagement and community involvement; and actively support public events, exhibitions and new publications. An annual series of public Talks and Events is sponsored.

We are keen to encourage donations (including legacies) for this work. As a registered charity the Friends can benefit by the tax concessions available on donations and bequests made to it.

Please support this good work... and be a Friend.

To buy the NEW BOOK please visit the society's new website


The Friends are funding and publishing the first fully illustrated account of Glasgow University Library which will be on sale world wide in May 2016.
A flyer for the book is shown below.

Contributors include Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman, Principal Anton Muscatelli, University Librarian Helen Durndell, University Archivist Lesley Richmond, Professor John R Hume, Professor Nigel Thorp, Professor Andrew Hook, Professor Laurence Grove, Dr Stephen Rawles and Dr Steven Reid. The General Editor is Dr Peter Davies and the Consultant Editor is Peter Hoare.


Friendly Shelves

The first fully illustrated account of the University of Glasgow Library, founded in the 15th century, and which has become one of the great libraries of the scholarly world.

Friendly Shelves describes the early years, intrigue, growth and international expansion of the University, its Library, Archives and renowned Special Collections, many of which have world heritage status. A central part of the whole University and its work, the Library supports research, teaching, international collaboration and public engagement enhanced by the most modern of digital resources.

Researched and written by a team of academics and librarians, Friendly Shelves, is for university and general readers alike. Posterity, professionalism and public usefulness continue to be well served, and now for the first time the fascinating story is set out for the enjoyment of all.

Friendly Shelves is being published by The Friends of Glasgow University Library in association with the Library, and all proceeds from the book are being recycled into new funds to support and promote the Library & Archives.

The Friends of Glasgow University Library is in its 40th Anniversary year as an educational charity and a society open to all. Its Honorary President is Professor Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University and Deputy Chair of the British Library, and each year, thanks to members far and wide, it supports acquisitions, conservation, access and promotion of the Library and sponsors public talks and events.

Publication month, May 2016

Printed in full colour, 288 pages, on art paper 244mm x 189mm.

Hardback - £25

Paperback - £20

e-book - £18