These books really are works of art

Here at Tales of One City we love sharing news of some of the amazing work going on behind the scenes. In Central Library’s Art Library, for example, postgraduate student Riona Campbell is currently working with our collection of artist made books. Riona told us more about herself and the project:

“I am a postgraduate student at the University of Edinburgh studying the History of Art, Theory and Display. Through my programme, I have been given the opportunity to work at the Fine Art Library attached to the Central Library.

For my internship, I have been looking at the library’s collection of artist made books.  These can take the form of an artist’s work in book format, books made by the artist as a standalone piece of art, or collaborations between writers and artists to produce a finished and streamlined product.

‘Fisherman’s Hut’ by Lynda Wilson

I am working towards organising a large portion of these books for display in the glass case on the mezzanine level of the library; everything will be ready for display in June!  The books will be chosen based around the relationship and play between word and image, especially focusing on the use of colour in illustration to tell a story.”

You can follow Riona’s progress and see more fabulous photos at

And if you’d like to know more about our collection of artist made books and our wider collection of material relating to the visual arts, make sure to call in at the Art Library next time you’re in town.


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