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October 12, 2022


Dave Summers

I've never been in the new library, but I know I'd find so many absorbing books if and when I visit it. However, from the photos I just find it monstrous.
The Queen Mother Library - which I remember being built - was a most comfortable place to study. Well designed, excellent ventilation, tables with a good surface for writing. I suppose more space was needed but I do regret that building being replaced, which seems an appalling waste. That said, the best indoor lighting I've found anywhere was in the library in the basement of Marischal College. It truly felt like natural light on a slightly cloudy day.

Jim Gordon

Opinions are pretty divided about the architecture Dave. I did most of the research for my first book in Queen Mother Library, especially the basement and stacks which were a treasure trove in which to be let loose. More space, huge upgrade in IT and digital technology required, transitions to new methods of knowledge transfer (e.g. ebooks as opposed to hard copy books, Journals) -not to mention the desire to project an ancient University with a contemporary face. It also has a diversity of study space, seminar rooms, IT and interactive facilities. My admiration for the new building is a mix of all these elements. In Edinburgh, New College was totally redesigned internally because the building could not be replaced - it too has a changed ethos and capacity.

Jim Gordon

Incidentally Dave, hope you are keeping well and life is enjoyable, restful, productive, interesting. Choose as appropriate!

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