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.

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The SPL is a place for our age, and for those to come.

National Poet Liz Lochhead


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…


Do I need to make an appointment to come to the library?

No – you can just drop in anytime during opening hours. If you have a specialist research enquiry, or would like to consult our special collection it’s best to contact us in advance so that we can have things ready for you and make sure the appropriate member of staff is available to help.

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