Library of Innerpeffray, Crieff

Scotland's Oldest Free Lending Library, established by David, 3rd Lord Madertie and located in a tranquil woodland setting close by the River Earn in Perthshire. The Library is run today by the Mortification of the Library, a trust set up on the death of the founder, and although it ceased to lend books in 1968, opens its doors and books to visitors from across the world each year.
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  • In the middle of nowhere - so glad I had sat nav to get there. It's the oldest free public lending library in Scotland, founded in 1680. No longer lends out books. Volunteers act as guides. I did the ...  more »
  • The library and its history is fascinating, but it's the books that are the star of the show. Imaginatively presented, they are a delight for any book lover. The guided tour is excellent and - what a ...  more »
  • Don't miss this hidden gem! It's not easy to find but what rewards for doing so! It's tiny, it's old, there's a spiral staircase and there are books. Books and books - all so old and so fascinating an...  more »
  • So interesting, we have to make sure that everytime we visit our family in the area that we take time to visit.
  • Extraordinary time exploring the historic library and archive - what an adventure in history. We were regaled with numerous stories by the Librarian and Keeper of Books, and enjoyed opportunities to handle some of the oldest materials in the collection. Here you can turn the pages of the King James pulpit bible from the year it was sent to all the churches in Scotland. Here you can view the earliest cottage garden advice books. Here your library-loving heart will find a resting place. Hours and days are limited so check carefully - you won't want to miss this!
  • What a gem! We were so excited to find it and then to look through the registers and find that an ancestor, James McRobbie of Crieff, had borrowed books from the library. One was borrowed in 1752 and the librarian was able to show us that same book, printed in 1631. We later found out that James was married in the Innerpeffray Chapel.
  • Amazing and incredibly timely as a historic example of a lending library in respect to the new shareconomy.
  • If You like old books you are in for a real treat

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