Not far away from The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh, locating at 5 Crichton’s Close, it’s the Scotish Poetry Library.
It’s a little bit hard to find but definitely well worth a visit. It was founded in 2009, but it was dreamt since 1984. It’s one the three poetry libraries in the U.K. that soon became the unique resources of reference books, the poetry collection, especially Scottish poetry. See a list of famous Scottish poets and poems.
When I walk in, I was impressed by the cozy feel. It was refurbished couple years ago. The good use of the right amount of light makes the reading space comfortable.
According to their website, “It now has an events and meeting space, sealed off from the open areas of the library; increased and improved performance space; provision of a recording space; an extended, sheltered terrace for reading, conversation and outdoor performance; additional shelving and storage for books and other items; a variety of reading and study spaces; and a welcoming entrance and increased visibility of the life of the library.”
There is a space for kids as well with those cute toys. Let literature education start from early stages!
By the door, there is a gift shop attached it. Also at the high-end table, I found the programme of Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017.
Overall, this quaint library is well worth a visit to take a rest out of the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile walk. Let some poems peace your heart out in Edinburgh.