Books and Borrowing 1750-1830

Books and Borrowing Database Launch Event – Friday 26th April, 4pm – University of Glasgow

Dearest Blog Readers,

We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of the ‘Books and Borrowing, 1750-1830’ database, which (as you doubtless know if you’re reading this post) archives and interprets borrowing records covering eighteen different Scottish libraries active in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.  Using formerly unexplored (or underexplored) registers, the Books and Borrowing project has created a resource that reveals hidden histories of book use, knowledge dissemination and participation in literate culture.  Drawing on rare manuscript sources held at partner libraries and heritage centres, the project helps to establish which books readers actually engaged with.

At this event, members of the team will introduce the database, reflect on the process of making it, and discuss some of our favourite findings.

The talk will take place in the Yudowitz Lecture Theatre in the Wolfson Medical School Building at the Univeristy of Glasgow on Friday 26th April.  It will start at 4pm and will be followed by a wine reception in the atrium, supported by Glasgow’s Collections Lab.

If you’d like to attend, it would be brilliant if you could register using this Eventbrite so we can gauge numbers.  Please feel free to pass on this email to colleagues and students who might be interested.

Hope to see you in Glasgow at the end of the month!

With best wishes,

The Books and Borrowing Team