Scottish Poetry Library

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Scottish Poetry Library
5 Crichton's Close, Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8DT
  • Telephone 0131 557 2876
  • Opening times Tue–Fri 10am–5pm (Thu until 8pm); Sat 10am–4pm
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Established in 1984 and now occupying a building designed by architect Malcolm Fraser, the Scottish Poetry Library is a glorious resource for readers and writers. The collection of writing, tape and video focuses mainly on contemporary poetry written in Scotland, in Scots, Gaelic and English, but it also features historic Scottish poetry and contemporary works from almost every part of the world. Among its highlights is the extensive Edwin Morgan Archive, a treasure trove of the Glasgow poet's work. As well as general reading and study sections, the library has facilities for listening and performing, and special children's and members' areas. It hosts occasional poetry readings and workshops, and gets involved in poetry events and promotional activities elsewhere in Scotland. It supplies the Poem of the Week for the Scotsman newspaper, and Poem of the Month for the Scottish Arts Council website.