Our class toured the Edinburgh Central Library July 15. This was the first public library our class visited. The library is actually two buildings joined together. The library opened in 1890 by Andrew Carnegie. The first room we entered on our tour was a children’s library, where they have story time every Thursday. The children’s library have seats incorporated inside the books shelves so that the children will have somewhere to sit and read. There is also a separate room for children ages 5 and under.
The library uses a modified version of the Library of Congress for classification. The Central lending library is the busiest part of the library. Computers are available for patrons to use. There are eleven floors to the library. The music library opened in 2014. Patrons can borrow up to 80 copies of scores. There is a special section for the Scotland and Edinburgh collections. The library is 125 years old and are still collecting items. The collection dates back to 1465 (the 15th century). There are 60,000 items in the Edinburgh collection, and 50,000 to 60,000 items in the Scotland collection. The collection isn’t just looking at the past, it looks toward the future. The library collects all formats. The library purchases items, receives donations, and receives items by accident at times.
One of the best collections that is housed at the library is the Edinburgh collection. It contains books on history, maps, and images of lost buildings.
Future plans for the library include digitization of collections. The librarians also believe that the collections must be promoted and made fun. There are 28 branch libraries. Each library manages their own facebook, twitter, and social media blogs. The library partners with other institutions to raise awareness of dyslexia. This involves four steps: awareness, engagement, support/ resource, and mainstreaming. The library also has various programs for helping children learn to read.