I’m quite interested in the early history of Scottish libraries. My own current part-time sabbatical is concerned with the published music that legal deposit libraries (the University of St Andrews in particular) claimed from Stationers’ Hall in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and I’m particularly curious to know what happened to the music, and how much it was actually borrowed from the university libraries who received it.
Now, St Andrews isn’t that far from Dundee – or Innerpeffray, come to that – so I was interested to see a link to a new blog from the University of Dundee’s Centre for Scottish Culture. PhD student Jill Dye is studying this historic library, and posted an informative blog entry a couple of weeks ago. You can read it here:-
This might be about a different kind of library, and books rather than music, but I’m still interested in this important part of Scottish library history. We both touch on book history, though mine is a story of books containing music, more than books containing words. Indeed, the books about learning music were also preserved carefully at St Andrews University Library. I wonder how much overlap there might be of that particularly niche repertoire?!