Director's Message

The Scottish Poetry Library is a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular. We are passionately committed to bringing the pleasures and benefits of poetry to as wide an audience as possible. Physically and virtually, the Scottish Poetry Library’s doors are open. There’s poetry here for everyone, and we can help you find the poem you’ll want to keep. To hear the Director speak about the future of the Scottish Poetry Library, click here.

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A lovely island of light and truth! Thank you for tending to its trees!

from an SPL visitor


We work with many different partner organisations, and have several ongoing special projects.
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Annual Report

Read our latest annual report for a summary of our activites last year.
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Become our friend

Anyone can use the library free of charge, but by becoming a Friend of the Scottish Poetry Library you can help provide vital support for our work and receive many benefits. Find out more…


Can I give you my poems for the collection?

We cannot accept your poems unless they are in book or pamphlet format. We also focus on Scottish poets, so if you are not Scottish we may not be able to find space. The Poetry Library in London collects all books and pamphlets published in England – we can only collect some of these.

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Our staff will be very happy to assist you with your poetry needs. Contact us