a place for poetry

November 10, 2015

Scottish Poetry Library

When the Scottish Poetry Library opened in 1984, in the packing room of an Edinburgh poetry publishing company, its collection was made up of 300 donated books. Thirty-plus years later, in continuous operation and after a £500,000 renovation, the Library has 45,000 volumes — an international collection in English, Scots and Gaelic, as well as works in translation, that is available for reference and borrowing.

The Library also maintains collections of periodicals, pamphlets (chapbooks), newspaper/magazine cuttings about poetry, audio/visual materials, large print and Braille editions, children’s poetry and a number of special collections, including “a growing resource of concrete and visual poetry.” In addition, the Library has events, exhibits, a shop, classes and even a large collection of downloadable/printable poetry posters.

What’s more, if you need a poem for a special event or you’re trying to recall the title or words or author of a poem that just escapes you, the SPL’s librarians will happily assist.

This is a remarkable resource, not just for Scotland, but for the advancement and appreciation of poetry worldwide. Learn more about the Scottish Poetry Library.

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