Terms and Conditions

These terms and conditions of use refer to the Scottish Poetry Library online shop and website (www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk). By using the Scottish Poetry Library online shop and website you signify your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

The Scottish Poetry Library is a registered charity (No. SCO23311). It has its registered offices at 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. All profits from sales directly support the work of the Scottish Poetry Library.


The Scottish Poetry Library online shop aims to ensure that the prices of books sold on the website are consistent with the most accurate current information about book prices. We supply items at the publisher's recommended price except where a specific discount is offered. We will make all reasonable efforts to make sure our published prices are correct, but we cannot guarantee any prices.

Information about prices, whether from publishers or public book databases, is not always accurate. From time to time, publishers change their published prices without warning and we become aware of these changes only when ordering stock. Where a discrepancy arises between the price of an item as published on the website and the price of the same item as supplied, we will contact you to check whether you still wish to receive the item at the new price.

Prices are displayed in Pound Sterling (£) and orders are payable in Pound Sterling (£). If you are using Paypal or a credit/debit card, the checkout and your card provider will facilitate the conversion. The Scottish Poetry Library is not responsible for any transfer or conversion charges incurred. Prices include tax, if applicable. Postage and packing is an additional charge, for details please see the Postage and Packing page or FAQ.


Availability of any book is subject to Scottish Poetry Library, and, publishers' stock levels.

Stock availability will be checked once we receive your order; if for any reason an item is not in stock when your order is placed, we will inform you prior to processing your order, or refund your purchase for those items which are not in stock.

All sizes and measurements are approximate.


Subject to stock availability we aim to deliver to most UK addresses within 7 working days of receiving your order. Shipments to the Highlands and Islands may take longer.

Subject to stock availability we aim to deliver to most addresses outside the UK within 14 working days of receiving your order.

The Scottish Poetry Library will not be responsible for any local duty and or taxes on goods delivered to addresses outside the UK, and you should pay these directly where applicable.

We deliver via Royal Mail and are not responsible for any lost items or delays in transit.

The Scottish Poetry Library online shop and website uses SSL (secure socket layer) encryption to ensure the highest security for personal details submitted to us over the Internet. Our security certificate is issued by Equifax, and we use SSL AES-256 256-bit key encryption. Information which passes between your computer and our web site cannot be read by someone else.

Refunds and Returns

The Scottish Poetry Library operates a 'no questions asked' returns policy in accordance with the UK Distance Selling Regulations if you return your book within 7 days of receiving delivery of your order. Please note that any postage or delivery costs incurred when returning books will be at your own expense, unless the goods concerned are damaged or have been sent in error.

This policy does not extend to any perishable items, sealed audio, or video, recordings. These items are subject to our standard returns policy (see below).

Standard Returns Policy

After the 'no questions asked' 7-day period, we will be happy to accept books for return in the following cases:

The book was found to be damaged or in some other way faulty. In this case, we will either replace the book or give you a full refund (including postage costs, if postage was paid by you), depending on your wishes. If you opt for a replacement copy, we will despatch this to you as soon as we receive the faulty copy from you.

The book was not the one which you ordered. In this case, we will refund you in full (including postage costs, where applicable).

The book does not meet with your needs. Returns on this ground will be have to satisfy the following conditions:

  1. The book must be returned within 28 days of receipt in the UK, 48 days of receipt in Europe, and four months of receipt in any country outside the UK and Europe.
  2. The book must be in a condition to be resaleable.
  3. It must be accompanied by a copy of the delivery note or receipt

Provided these conditions are met, we will give you a full refund for the book, and for any postage that has been paid by you.

Whatever the reason for return, all books should be returned to the following addresses.

UK customers only:

Scottish Poetry Library

Non-UK customers:

Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton’s Close

If we have accepted a book for return, we will refund you the cost of returning it, on condition that it is returned by the most economical method. UK customers using the Freepost address do not need to pay return postage. The book remains your property until we have received it.

Refunds will be given through the payment method you used to purchase the book: e.g. if you pay by cheque we will refund by cheque, if you pay by credit card we will refund by credit card.

Please allow 14 days (in addition to delivery time) for the return to be processed.


The Scottish Poetry Library always endeavours to offer a good service. If you are unhappy with any aspect of our service, please email reception@spl.org.uk . Your complaint will be attended to within 5 working days.

Use of Site

The Scottish Poetry Library reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, and/or cancel transactions at its discretion, if the Scottish Poetry Library believes that customer conduct is in breach or violation of any applicable law or the Scottish Poetry Library online shop and website terms and conditions, or is in any way harmful to the Scottish Poetry Library. This does not affect your statutory rights as a customer. Contracts are established at time of despatch.

Information and Jurisdiction

All rights in the content of this Website, including copyright, and in the software and databases underlying this Website are owned and controlled or licensed by the Scottish Poetry Library and shall remain vested in the Scottish Poetry Library or its licensors.

This Website may include materials owned by third parties, including authors, publishers and other companies. Third party material is used on this Website by virtue of a licence or other agreement between the third party and the Scottish Poetry Library.

In accessing this Website you agree that you may only download, copy and print extracts of the content for your own personal non-commercial use on the basis that you do not modify documents on this website in any way. This means that you may only view or download material from this Scottish Poetry Library website for your own use.

You are not permitted to copy, reproduce, duplicate, distribute (including by way of email, facsimile or any other means electronic or otherwise), publish, modify, copy or transmit any material from this website for any other purpose unless you have been granted prior written consent from the Scottish Poetry Library or unless this website expressly permits it. For the avoidance of doubt, the material covered by this prohibition includes any and all text, graphics, logos, photographs and audio material.

Links to third party websites from this Scottish Poetry Library website are provided solely for your convenience and if you leave this website via such a link, you access these websites at your own risk. The Scottish Poetry Library assumes no responsibility for the contents of other websites to which this Scottish Poetry Library website has links.

While the Scottish Poetry Library has taken every effort to ensure that the information contained in this Scottish Poetry Library website is correct, the Scottish Poetry Library does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information and you should be aware that such information may be incompatible or inaccurate or may have become out of date. The Scottish Poetry Library may make changes to the content on this website at any time without notice.

To the extent permitted by law, the Scottish Poetry Library shall not be liable or responsible to any person for any loss, cost, expenses or damage which may arise from the use of any of the information contained in this website.

The Scottish Poetry Library's policy on privacy is set out in its Privacy Policy of which you should be aware and should read. The Scottish Poetry Library's privacy policy is incorporated by reference to these Terms and Conditions.

If you breach any of these Terms and Conditions, your permission to use the Scottish Poetry Library's website shall automatically terminate and you must immediately destroy any downloaded, copied or printed extracts from the Scottish Poetry Library's website.

By accessing the Scottish Poetry Library's website in any jurisdiction, it is your responsibility to observe the laws and regulatory requirements of the relevant jurisdiction.

You agree that Scots law shall apply to these Terms and Conditions, notwithstanding the jurisdiction in which you are based, and you further agree that the courts of Scotland shall have exclusive jurisdiction in respect of any dispute arising from or in connection with these Terms and Conditions. Any rights not expressly granted in these Terms and Conditions are reserved.

Accepting this Privacy Statement and these Terms and Conditions of Use

By using the Scottish Poetry Library online shop and website you signify your acceptance of the Scottish Poetry Library privacy statement and our terms and conditions of use. If you do not agree, or are not comfortable with any policy in this statement, your only remedy is not to use the Scottish Poetry Library online shop and website. If you are concerned about any cookies that have already been issued to you by the Scottish Poetry Library online shop and website, you can delete cookies served to your browser by the server 


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