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Treasure 7: The Reference Library
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Treasure 7: The Reference Library

Historic Photographs
David Oswald
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Treasure 7: The Reference Library
Historic Photographs
Treasure 7: The Reference Library
The Reference Department opened in the new Central Library on 29 August 1892. This photograph from the Library Archive shows a very busy Reference Department in the early to mid 20th century. The bookcases and fittings were of wainscot and mahogany and were described as having "a very handsome appearance". The floor was laid with noiseless cork carpeting and indiarubber matting to ensure "an air of quiet, so essential to the enjoyment of reading". An additional 80 chairs had been provided as part of the improvements in 1905, including 30 for the exclusive use of ladies. Books could be accessed directly off the shelves and the whole department was much brighter and attractive.

The Reference Department, still on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, is now known as the Information Centre. Come and visit anytime to see how the place has changed and to see the Treasures from our Collections exhibition which is running until July 2017.
Aberdeen Central Library
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