Working as a librarian by Myra Murray

Myra started working as a librarian for Elder Park Library in Glasgow when she left school

John Elder  © Copyright Leslie Barrie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

John Elder © Copyright Leslie Barrie and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

at the age of 18. She chose that job because she enjoyed books and reading. She took librarian exams at the College of Commerce in Glasgow. She completed the training on a part-time day-release course.

The library was located on the corner of Elder Park and gifted to the town by Lord and Lady Elder. She earned £4 a week paid monthly. The library was arranged using the Dewey system. There were large hardwood shelves and a library for the blind containing Braille books. There was also a large reference section. The little museum attached to the library displayed items such as the last birch used as a public punishment. 

Templeton's Carpet Factory
Templeton’s Carpet Factory © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

She remembers the streets in Glasgow were named after places in the West Indies because of the links with sugar and the Tate and Lyle Sugar Company. One of the most interesting buildings in Glasgow was the Templeton Carpet Factory, which was built to match the Doge Palace in Venice.

Later on she joined the Civil Service as a temporary Clerical assistant working for te Ministry of Works completing order forms and filing them. She left the Civil Service in 1966.

Memory contributed by Myra Murray at the 2013 Maggie Fair, Garmouth

Additional information

Background behind the Dewey System. Slideshows showing the history of the system and how it works.

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