Conservation Study - 2003
Edinburgh City Council is considering a
major upgrading of Edinburgh Central Library, possibly by building a new
extension at a cost of £25m on land behind the library currently used as a
car park. As an initial step, it has commissioned a Conservation
Library Built - 1890
The library is a B-listed building,
designed by George Washington Brown. Like many other libraries
around the world, it was partly paid for by Andrew Carnegie of
The building is 12 storeys high, built
in the Cowgate, but with its main entrance in George IV Bridge/
Little change has been made to the library since it was built.
The library includes the Edinburgh Room,
a reference library with a collection of 100,000 books, maps, old prints,
photographs, newspaper cuttings and other items.
I have made good use of the Edinburgh
Room collection, including its collection of old trade directories in
compiling the lists of Edinburgh Professional Photographers for this web
site. The Edinburgh Room also holds the original Minute Books and
other material for Edinburgh Photographic Society from 1862 onwards.