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King's College Library, Old Aberdeen
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King's College Library, Old Aberdeen

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King's College Library, Old Aberdeen
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King's College Library, Old Aberdeen
King's College was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495. Marischal College was founded as an independent university in 1593. The two formed the University of Aberdeen in the fusion of 1860.

The core of King's College Library was formed from the books Elphinstone left in the latter years of his life. The books were originally housed in a room in the south east tower (now the round tower). They were then moved to a building on the south side of King's College Chapel, and in 1773 to the west end of the Chapel.

They were relocated in 1870 to a new building as illustrated. This library was extended in 1885, with galleries being installed in 1912, reading desks in 1932 and a mezzanine floor in 1964.

This image shows King's College Library when it was closed in 1983. The library was converted into King's College Conference Centre in 1991.
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