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December 16 – Kraken

The kraken is a giant sea monster from Scandinavian folklore, said to plague sailors. Olaus Magnus, a Swedish author most well known for his Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (A Description […]

16 December 2019Special Collections

December 15 – Blemmye

Though perhaps not strictly a fantastic beast, we had to include the unusual blemmye in this calendar. The blemmye or mythical headless man has been known by various names and […]

15 December 2019Special Collections

December 14 – Cerberus

Cerberus, the ‘hound of Hades’, is a three headed dog with the tail of a serpent, which according to mythology, guards the gates of the underworld. Cerberus appears in many […]

14 December 2019Special Collections

December 13 – Dragons in manuscripts

From our wonderful manuscripts, we have four depictions of dragons to share with you. A dragon in our 17th-18th century manuscript copy of “The Book of Wonders of the Age” […]

13 December 2019Special Collections

Borrowing Library books over winter vacation?

Image: The Long Walk St Andrews, ‘ID’: ms38491-1-12 (1913). If you are going away over the winter vacation and plan to take Library books with you, please remember that all Library books and other items can still be recalled. Check your University email regularly and be sure that, wherever you are going, you will be…

12 December 2019News

December 12 – Dragons in print

The dragon is perhaps the most iconic of the fantastic beasts. This winged legendary creature, known for its fire breathing abilities is common to most cultures around the world, and […]

12 December 2019Special Collections

December 11 – Hippogriff

Probably most well known now as a character in Harry Potter, the hippogriff is a legendary creature which is half eagle and half horse. This depiction is from Ludovico Ariosto’s […]

11 December 2019Special Collections

Making Inter Library Loan requests over winter vacation

Need to make an Inter-Library Loan request? If you send in your request after Tuesday 17th December 2019 or if your request can’t be fulfilled by the British Library, it will be processed on Monday 6th January. This is because many UK libraries will be closed for Christmas. If you have any questions or would…

10 December 2019News

December 10 – Griffin

The griffin, griffen or gryphon has the body, legs and tail of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. As the lion is the king of the […]

10 December 2019Special Collections

Closures and changes to opening times over winter vacation

We hope you all have a lovely festive season and winter break! Most Library facilities will close at 5pm on Tuesday 24 December 2019 and re-open on Monday 06 January 2020. During this time, 24-hour PC classrooms will still be available in the Irvine Building, Mathematics Building, and Bute Building. Please remember that you will need your ID card for access. A map…

10 December 2019News