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Woodside Library from Annals of Woodside and Newhills, by Patrick Morgan (1886)
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Woodside Library from Annals of Woodside and Newhills, by Patrick Morgan (1886)

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Woodside Library from Annals of Woodside and Newhills, by Patrick Morgan (1886)
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Woodside Library from Annals of Woodside and Newhills, by Patrick Morgan (1886)
Sir John Anderson gave the credit for his success to his upbringing in Woodside. To pay tribute, he decided to gift a library to people of the area. The library was initially retained in the Woodside School, before the present day building was opened in 1883.

On its initial opening the library was used to great success, however after ten years the library was in trouble. The small income the library made on the selling of cheque books and catalogues did not allow for many new books to be purchased, leaving the people of Woodside with the same stock.
The library was saved in January 1932, when it became the largest Branch Library in Aberdeen. This helped to boost the stock available to the people, and the next twenty years was the library's most successful, averaging at 70,000 books borrowed every year.

The beautiful building itself was designed by architect, Arthur Clyne, under the strict instructions of Sir John. Sir John was determined the building should stand sure for generations.
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