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“very old library in rural setting”

Library of Innerpeffray
Ranked #5 of 22 things to do in Crieff
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Scotland's oldest lending library sits in a tranquil rural location beside the River Earn. Founded in 1680 by David Drummond 3rd Lord Madertie, with a school, at Innerpeffray near Crieff in rural Perthshire.Today thinking people from across the world come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, to explore the social heritage captured in its Borrower's Register, and turn the pages to be inspired by books dating from four centuries.
Reviewed 29 February 2012

history buffs will love this library....check opening times and days

1  Thank benmacScotland
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Reviewed 5 January 2012

blip42 says, rightly, that it depends on your point of view what you make of this. To me, it's a tiny hidden gem, and best appreciated when it's quiet.
Innerpeffray Library was the first public lending library in Scotland, founded in 1680 with 400 books, the oldest, if I recall correctly, being over 100 years older. Astonishlingly, you can handle these books and feel, well it makes my spine tingle handling a nearly 500 year old book. There is also the "borrower's ledger" detailing every book loan from 1747 until the library closed in 1968. For what it's worth James Sharpe took out The Life and Death of the Twelve Apostles on June ye 5th 1747.
The librarian told us of an American who was tracing his family tree and went to the Library expecting some family info. The librarian explained that they didn't hold that kind of information, but consulted the ledger and handed the American a book, telling him his ancestor had borrowed that book, not a copy but that actual book over 150 years before. How to get in touch with the past. There's a really cool back room stuffed with books, with the River Earn flowing past the window and Schihallion 9I think) looming in the distance.. A beautiful place to reflect
Entry is free on Doors Open day, but it gets busy and I'd advise paying the £5(? I think) to go when it's quiet. The librarians/curators love the place and you really need to get them to yourself for a while.
Rememebr though, this isn't Disneyland, and isn't really a big attraction for children. And if books don';t interest you, best not to bother. I do, and no doubt about it's 5* status for me

1  Thank kiltedladdie
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

The library of Innerpeffray in Perthshire Scotland is a must see for anyone even remotely interested in history or literature. The building itself is a beautiful old structure in the counrty surrounded by a chanting room, old school house, green fields, trees and a river.... a perfect setting for a reader! And then you step inside and it is literally like steppig back in time. The small library houses books from as late back as 1503. It began as a personal collection and has grown over the years with donations from both the founding family and the general public. But it isn't just the ancient old leather bound books on display that makes this an amazing experience - what is really unique about the library of Innerpeffray is that they will actually allow you to handle and read these amazing books - something usually reserved for scholars. There is a small reading room where you can curl up and explore these treasures. And on top of all this the librarian will give you a tour of the library and a run down of its amazing history for just a fiver. I went with a family member and found the experience a truly unforgettable one. Loved it! I strongly reccomend this experience, especially if you have an interest in Scottish history or simply love literature! Don't miss out! Oh, and take a camera - they are happy to let you photograph the books and displays - something else which is unique about this library.

2  Thank KatieH79
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

It depends on your point of view if you think this place is worth a visit, personally, I was enthralled to see the books, many of which are up to 400 years old, and to hear of the history of the library from the resident librarian. It is an attraction well worth visiting - don't miss seeing the chapel either.

1  Thank Bilp42
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