The library itself spans across 5 floors and has beautiful stained glass windows. The church/congregation that was originally housed in this location raised the money for the stained glass windows but unfortunately they had already moved out before they were installed. Thus the New College Library is the first to be able to enjoy these beautiful windows. The library has done their best to maintain the integrity of the building but it is always tricky to try and please everyone when dealing with older buildings. This seems to be a common situation in the United Kingdom. It is important to keep the original history buildings, not only because they are gorgeous but because they are a part of the history of the surrounding area. Yet, it can be very difficult to repurpose the buildings.
The collection itself contains 250,00 items and 50,000 of them are considered special collection items. Almost all of the stacks are open, the rare items being off limits. We were able to see some of these rare items. Enjoy some of the pictures below.
This library also does a great job of reaching out to the community. There are numerous reading groups, a dyslexia outreach group, and much much more. They also created this cool webpage that is called our town stories that shows Edinburgh then and now. You can select a pin to watch an old picture transform in to a new picture to see what the area is like now. These pins also tell stories about the space. They are hoping that the project will continue to grow and develop with more stories.