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Elgin Library

Elgin Library

Located in the Cooper Park, Elgin Library is the central library for Moray and a Learndirect Scotland and ECDL Centre.

Relaxed browsing areas, gallery and meeting facilities, learning centre provision and well trained staff ensure an enjoyable and modern library experience for all ages.

Opening times:
Monday - Friday 10am - 8pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm

Contact: Elgin Library, 
             Cooper Park,
             ELGIN,
             Moray,
             IV30 1HS
             Telephone 01343 562600
             Fax 01343 562640
             E:mail: elgin.library@moray.gov.uk

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Tar Atween Yer Taes
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A collection of poems written in the local dialect telling the story of Lossiemouth and its people during the last forty years.
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A closer look at "Tee-Names" and Trade Advertisements from Portgordon to Cullen by David K Fowler
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From Portgordon to Cullen this books gives comprehensive cover to the tee-names used to identify individuals in these coastal localities. Part of the book covers trade advertisements which gives an indication of the wide range of shops and traders who once occupied these local communities.

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Archiestown - The way it was compiled and edited by Anne Oliver
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Archiestown in the early 20th century was full of hardworking, fun-loving characters. It was however an isolated community where water came from pumps in the street. This book tells their story. The proceeds from this publication will go to the Khuyu Water Project in Malawi so that they too can have a village pump.

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BCK Motorboats Volume 1 by John M Addison and John Crawford
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This book is a comprehensive study of all the boats that have carried the BCK registration with their number and name. There are two volumes. This first volume has photographs and build detail of each boat from BCK 1 through to BCK 140

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BCK Motorboats Volume 2 by John M Addison and John Crawford
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This book is a comprehensive study of all the boats that have carried the BCK registration with their number and name. There are two volumes. This second volume has photographs and build detail of each boat from BCK 141 through to BCK 626 including some amendments from the first volume.

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BF Motor Fishing Boats Volume 3 by John M Addison
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This book is a comprehensive study of all the boats that have carried the BF registration with their number and name. There are three volumes. This first volume has photographs and build detail of each boat from BF 1 through to BF 120. Volume 2 covers from BF 121 to BF 309 and this 3rd volume covers from BF 315 through to BF 978. The following BF registrations are also included:- BF 1069, BF 1084, BF 1091, BF 1239, BF 1245, BF 1489, BF 2035. An addendum to Volume 1 is also included.

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Buckie Lifeboats - 150 Years of Gallantry by Nicholas Leach
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Buckie's lifeboats and lifeboat crews have been saving lives off the Moray coast for a century and a half. This book provides a complete history of all the lifeboats, and describes many of the rescues that Buckie's volunteer lifeboat crews past and present have undertaken.
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Churches of Moray by Angus J Howat
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This book contains photographs and histories of 50 notable churches including St Peter?s Church in Buckie with its twin spires, and Mortlach Parish Church in Dufftown which is thought to date from the thirteenth century.
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Companion to the Standing Stones; Profiles of Notable People from Keith and District by Keith & District Heritage Group
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This book provides a short exposition on notable people from Keith and District. The Keith and District Heritage Group erected 3 large monoliths in Scotscraig Gardens with the names of the notable people listed on commemorative plaques. This book adds more information on these interesting and distinguished individuals.

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Cullen, Deskford and Portknockie Heritage Group - Traditional Recipes
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Recipe book of traditional Scottish recipes.
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Elgin Past and Present compiled by Mike Seton
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Historic and contemporary photographs underpinned by a lively and informative text reflect the story of the city of Elgin. This book contains photographs of the many of the local landmarks including the Cathedral, St Giles Church, Ladyhill, Dr Grays Hospital, Lossie Wyne, Grant Lodge, Cooper Park, Lossie Green, Oldmills, Sheriffmill and many more.
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Heritage Drives Around Keith - Five Parish Journeys by Keith & District Heritage Group
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This book details heritage drives around the five parishes around Keith - Boharm and Maggieknockater; Botriphnie; Grange and Knock; Newmill, Aultmore and Tarrycroys; and Rothiemay. Whilst these routes were chosen for their history time should be taken to enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Read this book and absorb the information even if you are uanble to make the journey round these parishes.
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Jones Buckie - Story of a Shipyard
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This book tells the story of Jones (Buckie) shipyard from it's start, when James Jones purchased a sawmill in 1908 and the lands and sheds at Ianstown from McIntosh & sons in 1918, to it's closure in 1995. It includes a brief family history of the Jones family and a complete list of all the boats built, details of their owners and their final destinations. Recollections of ex-employees provide a detailed picture of the day to day workings of a busy boatbuilding yard.
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Messages from yesterday by John Gordon Sutherland
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"Messages from yesterday" recalls late Victorian Elgin through contemporary photographs and advertisements. Each photograph is accompanied with some detail of who now occupies these buildings. Copies of advertisements from the same era are included in this amusing book. One pound from the sale of each book will be donated to the Moray Flood Relief Fund.
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Moray Choral Union - A History - compiled and edited by Graham Wiseman
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The author was the conductor of the Moray Choral Union for half its existence, and here provides a short history of the thirty-year period during which the choir was well known and respected far beyond its home locality.
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Old Tomintoul by Allan Geddes
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Old Tomintoul by Allan Geddes
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On the Trail of the Real Macbeth, King of Alba by Cameron Taylor and Alistair Murray
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"The story of the real Macbeth is every bit as compelling as the fictional drama created by Shakespeare, perhaps even more so", state the authors.  Read and judge this book for yourself.
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Portknockie Heritage Map for Family Historians and Visitors
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Map of Portknockie with the historic house numbering system pre 1873 and post 1873 and the current system adopted in 1919 which allocated street names and numbers. House numbers pre 1873 were allocated by Seafield Estates apparently in the order the houses were built. Seafield Estates changed the numbering system around 1873 and the houses were re-numbered. With the introduction of street names in 1919 the houses were allocated a street name and new number. Fascinating map for tracing the history of your house or the house your ancestors may have lived in.
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Sail & Steam Revisited by John Crawford, Glen McIntosh & Ron Stewart
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Sail & Steam by Ron Stewart forms the baseline of this book published by the Buckie & District Fishing Heritage Centre Ltd. It tells stories of the men who built the Scaffies, the Zulus and finally the Steam Drifters. All built with local wood and by local boatbuilders. The book provides details of the tragic loss of life in the days of early sailboats taken from articles in the Banffshire Advertiser. An excellent book for anyone interested in fishing in days past before the rise of modern fishing boats and work practices. 

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So Dauntless in War. Fochabers 1939 - 1945 compiled by Vicki Holmes & Sylvia Reid of Fochabers Heritage
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This book contains wartime memories from people in the Fochabers area who have provided memories of the dramatic war years, of their childhood and youth and ultimately have preserved the stories and experiences for future generations.

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The "Bulb Factory" - The Light of our Lives; The story of Thorn Lighting Works Buckie 1956-1987 by John Crawford & Ron Stewart
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This book recollects the history of the Thorn Lighting Factory, more commonly know as The "Bulb Factory". It operated in Buckie from 1956 until its closure in 1987. At its peak it employed over 300 and manufactured as many as 100 different lamps.
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The Travellers Joy - The Story of the Morayshire Railway by John Ross
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This books tells the history of the Morayshire Railways which were built to link the communities from Stotfield and Lossiemouth Harbour to Elgin, Rothes and Craigellachie.
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Thomson Yard Buckie - The Story of a Shipyard by John Addison et al
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Another excellent book published by the Buckie & District Fishing Heritage Centre Ltd. The book relates the history of Thomson Boat Yard, Buckie with details and pictures of the boats that were built and launched from the Yard.  A great piece of history now recorded for future generations.
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Toonsfowk, Fermers and the Fisherfolk at War by John Crawford & John Fowlie
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This book informs on the contributions made by Toonsfowk, Fermers and the Fisherfolk to World War 1. There are 16 chapters with one chapter devoted to fisherman and the use of Steam Drifters in the Great War.

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Two Six - Royal Airforce Humour compiled by Jim Hughes
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This book is a compilation of humorous cartoons, poetry and articles by Jim Hughes who spent many years in the RAF. RAF publications like the Kinloss Focus, the Lossiemouth Lighthouse and the Leuchars Contact used to carry many cartoons and fun articles and some of these appear here. All profits from this book will go to RAF Charities.
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Victorian Elgin by Mary Byatt
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Victorian Elgin by Mary Byatt
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