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Law Library opens in redeveloped space

On Monday 14 January the Law Library opened in redeveloped space in Old College.

Image of the new octagonal shelving at the Law Library

The new library space occupies the North West corner of Old College with its own entrance off the Quad.

Visitors cannot fail to be impressed by the interior design by LDN Architects which exhibits many features of the Robert Adam original design while providing a modern, high quality functional space for students, academic staff and other library users to explore the printed collections, use IT and study.

Highlights include sweeping oak staircases (pictured), octagonal book shelves for many of the books (pictured), the magnificent Senate Room, and not forgetting the entrance to the (William) Burke and (William) Hare tunnel which legend has it was used to transport Burke’s cadaver for dissection in the early 19th Century! 

We look forward to welcoming you to the Law Library!

The redevelopment

Image of the oak stairs at Law Library

The Law Library redevelopment is the culmination of an 8 year project during which the original Law Library was moved to a temporary home in David Hume Tower for 30 months until the move back to Old College this January.  Throughout this period the Law Library (ISG, User Services) team has provided its usual excellent standard of customer service, while working with colleagues in Library & University Collections Management and Academic Library Support to reshape and reclassify the print collections to make them as relevant and accessible as possible for learners and researchers alike.  Both moves from Old College to David Hume Tower and back again also involved a huge amount of work by all staff involved, and the success of the moves is a credit to their hard work, attention to detail, flexibility and commitment.

Related links

Law Library location

Law Library opening hours

Further information about the Old College refurbishment

Old College: Law Refurbishment Project

(Ed. this article was originally published on 28 Jan, 2019)