Frequently Asked Questions
Please note we are currently closed for a stocktake and spring clean. We are still here working and can respond to your enquiries by phone on 0131 557 2876 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just get in touch to have a chat about what you need and we'll be very happy to help. Perhaps you are visiting from a long way, or have an urgent enquiry, or need to consult the collection as you can't find the books elsewhere - whatever your situation, we will be happy to assist. Please feel welcome to knock or ring the bell, or better still, contact us first to make an appointment to make sure we can have the right staff to assist you. More details here.
Staff are available Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, and we are closed Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
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Yes. We have a large lending collection.
Yes, it’s free
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.
We have free public Wi-Fi, but we have no computers available for internet use.
No, but there are several nearby.
No – we have poetry from all over the world, although the Scottish collection is our core focus.
The library was built on generous donations. We do still accept donations, although we now have an extensive collection and may not always need what you are offering. If we can’t use your donations we will send them on to Better World Books.
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.
No. We only collect published works. However, we can offer advice on this subject.
Children are very welcome in the library, but must be accompanied by an adult. We have a children’s area, some toys, and book collection.
We do occasionally publish books relating to our projects, our education programme, or anthologies on themes relating to our enquiries.
Yes – we love to look for poems for people, whether it’s one you have ‘lost’ and can’t remember and need the text for, or whether you need a poem for a special occasion. Visit our How can we help? page to send us your request.
Yes, we have extensive research resources and experienced librarians who will be very happy to assist you.
Our events programme is carefully curated, but you are welcome to hire the building.