Dr Keith O'Sullivan

Dr Keith O'Sullivan
Dr Keith O'Sullivan
Dr Keith O'Sullivan


Senior Rare Books Librarian

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Prior to my appointment at Aberdeen, I was Librarian at Canterbury Cathedral, UK (2002-8), and before that I held various appointments in college, department and faculty libraries at the University of Oxford.

My research interests include bibliography, especially 19th-21st centuries, book collectors, academic and private libraries, and various aspects of the Gothic as manifested in literature and visual arts, from the mode's 18th century 'classic' period to the present day. I have published articles in Bulletin of Association of British Theological Libraries, The Review (formerly Aberdeen University Review), Gothic Studies, and the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies; contributed the entry on the British writer Ramsey Campbell to an encyclopedia, Horror Literature Through History (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood, 2017), and reviewed some 52 titles in literature, film and music for the Emerald Group Publishing journal, Reference Reviews (2004-18). I also wrote entries on George MacDonald and the Aberdeen graduate and collector John Chapman and modern literary first editions, and served as an Academic Committee member for, The Library and Archives Collections of the University of Aberdeen: An Introduction and Description (Manchester University Press/University of Aberdeen, 2011).

I completed a doctorate on Ramsey Campbell, Gothic, postmodernism and posthumanism at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021.  


  • PhD Arts 
    2021 - Manchester Metropolitan University 
  • MSc Information & Library Studies 
    1998 - Aberystwyth University 
  • MA Arts 
    1993 - University of Sussex 
  • BA Arts 
    1988 - University of Surrey 

External Memberships

Member, Institute of Leadership & Management (2021)

Chartered member, Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (2000)