Scotsman Archive

Scotland's National Lending Library, 17 June, 1950

Plans for the reconstruction of the tenement known as Fisher's Close, on the south side of the Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, which is to become the new home of the Scottish Central Library at present accommodated in Dunfermline, are practically complete, and it is hoped that the building will be ready for occupation 18 months from now. The library, when it is open, will be the most up-to-date post-war library building in Scotland. "It is a particular pleasure to the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust", an official stated yesterday, "that it is being housed in a 17th century historic building in the Royal Mile and within a stone's throw of the National Library and Edinburgh Castle." The decision to house the Scottish Central Library in this building, the Official said, "has been welcomed by the Corporation of Edinburgh, as it is in line with the recommendations of the MacRae Report on the Royal Mile."