Read rare books dating from 1476 to 2001 at this historic library in rural Perthshire, Scotland.

An eccentric idea when it was founded, Innerpeffray Library was the first free public lending library in Scotland. Today, the three main collections here include handwritten work by Robert Burns, and the first printed recipe for haggis.

In 1680, David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie, decided to allow ordinary people to borrow from his library; the custom eventually saw a library and free school in every town in Scotland. Once the most literate country in the world, this free access to knowledge can be traced onwards to the Scottish Enlightenment.

Host to exhibitions and events throughout the year, visitors to Innerpeffray Library can still read books from the collection and discover the stories of the people who travelled here to borrow volumes from prose and poetry through to philosophy and the sciences.


Innerpeffray Library

Crieff, PH7 3RF

01764 652819


Opening times

Wed-Sat 10am-5pm.
Sun 2pm-5pm.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

We have made all necessary changes to ensure that we can welcome visitors in a Covid-secure manner. This means we have had to introduce a timed ticketing scheme whereby we can accommodate up to 12 people at preset times, which are every hour on the hour.

Visitors are welcome to turn up without pre-booking but preference will be given to visitors who have booked in advance. If you wish to visit Innerpeffray but have not booked we recommend that you telephone us first to avoid delay or disappointment.

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