Scottish Poetry Library

The Scottish Poetry Library is the place for poetry in Scotland, for the regular reader, the serious student or the casual browser. Since its foundation in 1984 it has amassed a remarkable collection of written works, as well as tapes and videos.

The emphasis is on contemporary poetry written in Scotland, in Scots, Gaelic and English, but historic Scottish poetry and contemporary works from almost every part of the world feature too.

All our resources, advice and information are readily accessible, free of charge. We also have collections for the visually impaired.

As well as borrowing books, audio or video cassettes free from the library, we offer a postal borrowing service at 50p per item, which includes a freepost return label. Email, phone or write to tell us what you want. You can also borrow through the interlibrary loan system via your local library.

The Scottish Poetry Library offers:

* Contemporary Scottish poetry
* Poetry from around the world
* Poetry for children
* Poetry on cassette, CD and video
* Current magazines and back numbers
* Reading Room for members
* Computerised references and searches
* Extensive news cuttings

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Opening hours

Monday to Friday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Saturday 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Closed: Holiday closing
14-17 April inclusive Easter
1 May May Day Monday
22 May Victoria Day Monday
3 June Library Away Day
18 September Autumn Holiday
23 December - 2 January inclusive, closing early on 22 December
Christmas and New Year

Admission charges


Collection details


Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton's Close


Scottish Poetry Library website

Young Scottish Poetry Library website


General enquiries


Education Officer


0131 557 2876


0131 557 8393

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