Public library service at University officially launched

The University of Aberdeen officially launched its new public library service at the Sir Duncan Rice Library last week.

Significant work has been undertaken at the University’s Sir Duncan Rice Library to create a new public library service and exhibition space for students, staff and the local community.

The aim of the redevelopment is to provide University students and staff with a space that supports their wellbeing, and to offer more opportunities for local communities to engage with the University.

The public library service is called the Old Aberdeen Library, restoring a City Council lending library to the area for the first time since the 1990s. Library staff have worked in partnership with Aberdeen City Council to achieve this, and this will be an ongoing collaboration.

The first exhibition to feature in the new space is Sewing Resistance: teaching through Chilean textile art, which explores Chilean and Mexican history through student-made artworks.

Simon Bains, University Librarian and Head of Library Services, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see Old Aberdeen Library open, alongside the other improvements we have introduced to The Sir Duncan Rice Library. This will be a wonderful new service for our students, staff and visitors. My thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality and I’m looking forward to developing it further in partnership with Aberdeen City Library and Archives.

“This academic/public library partnership is the first of its kind in Scotland and it is an extremely exciting time for everyone involved in the project.”

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