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p 489. The alterations and extensions that have been made to the building have responded to the changing requirements of users and the growth of the collection and it remains one of the busiest lending libraries in Scotland. Where documents include maps, the use of this data is subject to terms and conditions (https://portal.historicenvironment.scot/termsandconditions). The reference is arcaded with giant Corinthian pilaster on deep bases and scrolled keystones. Southampton: Ordnance Survey. Historic Environment Scotland (2015).
More recently some changes have been made to the entrance hall and lending library, by the removal of barriers and replacement of the large lending desk, to improve access. Scale: 1:500. Flanking the entrance are tripartite windows with Doric colonnettes with carved panels above. The reading room retains its cast iron galleries containing upper level bookshelves (which are accessed by hidden spiral staircases set within the corner piers). He also prepared completion entries for the Library for Solicitors to the Supreme Courts of Scotland (or Signet Library) in 1888 and Ayr Library in 1891. Edinburgh Libraries - 125 Years https://www.capitalcollections.org.uk/index.php?a=ViewItem&i=35681&WINID=1466679526717 [accessed 23/06/2016]. The entrance door is 2-leaf, timber and glazed and there is a large carved panel above with the inscription 'LET THERE BE LIGHT' over rising rays. Book a tour. On the north wall is a bust of Andrew Carnegie in a shell niche with a corniced and pilastered surround, and below this a later door to the fine art department. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The primary concern was for the maximum amount of light and double height spaces with tall windows were typical devices to provide enough light. After the addition of the bookstack in the early 20th century the footprint of the library remained unaltered, and is shown on the 2nd Edition Ordnance Survey Map of 1908. The changes that have been made to the lending library reflect the social change in library use. Therefore the reference room was typically the most elaborately decorated and usually on the upper floors, as can be seen at the Central Library. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Public Library Committee. Vol. Prior to this much input and research was required by the chosen architect. The introduction of the Act met strong opposition as rate payers felt that local taxes were already burdensome and there was no lack of books available from circulating libraries, Mechanics institutes or churches. The cast and wrought iron gates, designed by Thomas Tait (of Edinburgh), are very decorative with thistles, symbols of Edinburgh, and the initials 'EPL'. The design of the library was the result of a competition sponsored by the Town Council in 1887. [accessed 16/06/2016]. Also of interest and pointing to the history of the area are two 17th century doorpieces which came from a house previously occupying the site, belonging to Sir Thomas Hope, Lord Advocate in the time of Charles I (as shown in a sketch in MacGibbon and Ross p 489). To the outer left is a 2-leaf timber panelled door in a pilastered and corniced surround. The library was officially opened on 9 June 1890 in a ceremony led by Lord Rosebery (Carnegie was not present), and opened for use on 16 June. The building is Greek-cross in plan and is largely in the French Renaissance style of Francois Premier. London: Yale University Press. National Library of Scotland. The confined site with a substantial change in height between the Cowgate and George IV Bridge is very challenging which Browne's skilfully addressed.