From the archive: New national library

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The Scotsman, 11 July 1950

THE new National Library of Scotland building in Edinburgh is likely to be finished late in 1954 or early in 1955. These were the dates that had been given them, said the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, when he presided at a meeting of the Board of Trustees in Parliament House. It was 25 years since the Faculty of Advocates handed over to the nation their world-famous library, he pointed out. It was 22 years since that gift was matched by Sir Alexander Grant in supplying money for a building worthy of that great library, and worthy of Scotland. “The skeleton of that building has too long remained,” added Lord Crawford. “But viewed as a commentary of the way our lords and masters accept a most generous gift, I hope it may not be considered as a symbol of the way they treat, or wish to treat all questions of scholarship of mind, research, and art.” The trustees had exerted all possible pressure to speed up the matter.