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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.
All you need to do is complete a borrowers form and show us proof of address. Find out more on our borrowing page.
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 mostly sell our own publications, unique or special editions, anthologies and single author collections. Our anthologies tend to be connected to Scotland, Edinburgh or specific issues concerning the work of the SPL. Single author collections are often Scottish, newly-published, part of our events programme or connected with poetry at festivals and other work we do. We also sell cards, postcards, gift items and bespoke merchandise. The online shop does not reflect our full stock range. The range sold in the shop is at the discretion of the Library Services Development & Retail Manager. Get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org to ask if you are unsure.
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 Ask a Librarian page to send us your request.
Yes, we have extensive research resources and experienced librarians who will be very happy to assist you. Visit Ask a Librarian to make an enquiry.