Book Collecting Prize

David Laing Book Collecting Prize: For the most enthusiastic student collector


The David Laing Book Collecting Prize, held annually, aims to encourage collecting by recognising a collection formed by a matriculated student.  Students are invited to submit an essay about their collection, to be in with a chance of winning a £500 prize.

The prize is offered in honour of David Laing (1793 -1878), the distinguished antiquarian, collector and librarian who bequeathed his important collection of manuscripts and other materials to the University of Edinburgh in 1878.

The prize is supported by the Friends financially, and a member of the Friends sits on the judging panel – Dr Murray Simpson kindly fills that role.