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Due to the Art Gallery redevelopment there will be no access to the McBey Art Reference Library until 2019 and there will also be limited access to Lloyd's Library during this period. In addition, local history research is possible on a limited basis at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

McBey Art Reference Library

The McBey Art Reference Library is located in Aberdeen Art Gallery. The library focuses on books and periodicals relating to the City Collections and their subject areas. These areas include Fine & Applied Art, painting, sculpture, printmaking, furniture, costume, fashion and textiles, architecture, glass, metalwork and elements of social history. There are numerous exhibition, museum and gallery catalogues as well as notable periodicals such as Studio, Apollo and the Burlington Magazine, from c.1880 - c.1995.

The Library was founded in 1961 and gifted by one of the Gallery's most important benefactors, Mrs Marguerite McBey. Many of the books and periodicals predate the Library, and it holds well over 150 years of collected books, periodicals and archives.

The McBey Art Reference Library is open by appointment only, please contact Aberdeen Art Gallery Tel: 03000 200 293

The Lloyds Library

The Lloyds Library is located at Aberdeen Maritime Museum. Lloyds Library houses primary sources relating to Maritime history, including Lloyd's Registers of Shipping between 1778 to 2008. There are also excellent secondary sources on the subjects of fishing, shipbuilding, navigation, oil and gas, and marine art. The collections have been built up since 1980 and with the redevelopment of the museum in 1997 the Library was equipped with a generous grant from Lloyd's Register. There is limited public access by appointment.

For more information on how to schedule a visit please contact:

Jim Inglis, Curator
Tel: + 44 (0) 1224 337706

Local History Reference Library

Our collection of reference books, periodicals and associated resources relating to archaeology and local history are currently accessible by appointment through the Lloyds Library, including back copies of Medieval Archaeology and the Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland (amongst other publications).

For more information on how to schedule a visit please contact

Jenny Brown, Lead Curator, History
Tel: + 44 (0) 1224 337719

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