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University of Aberdeen Library
Ranked #24 of 156 things to do in Aberdeen
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

Being an Aberdonian and living in Aberdeen you can sometimes become blasé about what is around you. Having heard various opinions about the new library I decided to take a look. Well, I love it. I think it is wonderful for Aberdeen and is a huge asset to the university and community. Everything about it is well presented and executed. It is a great space for university students and the public. Take it from me, it's worth a look!

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Reviewed October 1, 2012

quite what this is doing in the middle of old Aberdeen in anyone's guess - but it is a mighty site and really is quite breathtaking - lucky students!

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Beware - the car park is currently a building site, but there are pay and display bays on the road beside the library, which are free at the weekend. You can see the blue-grey glass cube that is the library from miles away, but when you get close, the walls are more textured than you might imagine. Inside is a very interestingly-shaped asymmetric atrium cutting through the building. We talked our way in with a credit card but photo ID is preferred. You can take the lift to the 7th floor and get good views out to sea, but the librarians seem to have kept the views of central Aberdeen for themselves - one wall is full of their offices. The meetings rooms were all locked but also had enviable views. If I were a student, I'd have been tempted to stare out of the window watching the weather blow across the city, rather than to study. There's a cafe on the ground floor, which we didn't try. The other exhibition spaces were closed - if you want to see the Aberdeen Bestiary, as other reviewers have recommended, you should check it'll be open to visitors.

1  Thank Gardener_Lndon
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

I was a little doubtful when the library was first being built as to how well it fitted in with the city and surrounding Old Aberdeen area but now....wow! Architecture is simply stunning outside and in. Worth heading inside to look at the spiral antrium and taking the left (or the pseudo-industrial staircase) to the seventh floor to look out over the city and beyond. Can get very noisy during term-times, but still wonderful.

Thank Amanda W
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

The architecture is beautiful, with a stunning atrium. I was asked only for proof of identity,so a credit card was sufficient to access the whole building which has great views from each floor. I went specifically to see a temporary exhibition of The Aberdeen Bestiary which was a wonderful display explaining the history, skills used to create it, the animals portrayed and the purpose of this magnificent book,which was once theproperty of Henry VIII. Two pages of vivid ink and gilt illustrations with meticulous Latin script ,were on display along side many large scale reproductions of the pages. To me this Bestiary is superior to The Book Of Kells and should be a permanent exhibition. A wonderful experience.

Thank Picnicker
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