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“A Hidden Treasure”

Library of Innerpeffray
Ranked #4 of 22 things to do in Crieff
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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 October 9, 2013

What can I say, I visited the library today and was greeted by the curator and discovered a world of first edition Scottish literature. Books of significant historical significance would take pages to highlight on this review.

It's not every place of historical interest that will allow you to handle their collection of rare books from the 14th and 15th century's

I will certainly be making regular visit's back the oldest lending library in Scotland and the UK.

One thing I have to point out is that both the curator and the volunteer could not be more helpful and pleasant.

Thank Gerry M
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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

We can't wait to welcome you back. Thank you for such a postive review, and all your feedback.

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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Allow plenty of time when you visit Scotland's oldest Public Lending Library. It's just fascinating, and you can handle so many of the books. Lara gives an excellent background talk and can answer any questions you have.

Thank Wilma M
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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Thank you.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

Normally I review hotels and restaurants as I am rarely moved to comment on an 'attraction' or 'thing to do' but the Library at Innerpeffray is seriously worth talking about. It is the oldest lending library in Scotland and I can almost hear you say - so what? But the description, while accurate, can't convey what a pure delight this place is.
First the location - very literally in the middle of nowhere but worth the trouble of finding - the Library is next door to a fantastic chapel (also worth a good look around) close to a river. Both these facts help to explain the location - the Drummond family is of course involved (the chapel & school) and there is a ford nearby (though I'm not sure I would risk the crossing). The Library is well signposted and there is a parking area close by.
The magic really starts as you walk in the door - we were greeted by the Library Manager, or more correctly and lyrically, the Keeper of the Books - Lara. After handing over our fee (£6 each) we were given an enthusiastic and knowledgeable potted history of the Library and a look at the priceless books downstairs. Slowly it becomes clear that this is a special place - everyone who borrowed a book form the beginning to the 1960's is recorded in a ledger (which Eliana was carefully transcribing) and that, in itself, is a wonderful perspective on real history.
We were guided upstairs where we met two gentlemen volunteers (whose names escape me - sorry!). In conjunction with Lara we were introduced to the collection - and here is the kicker - allowed to handle the books. The slightest mention of an interest caused a relevant book to be produced - in our case we lingered over ancient atlases featuring our birthplaces and home. We read from various books and marvelled at the variety and antiquity of them all - just off the main room is a reading room with more 'modern' books - including some fiction! The gentleman there took great delight in pulling books from the shelf - in some cases to inform (they have a copy of Birds of the West Indies by one James Bond whose name Ian Fleming took for his spy hero, in other cases to amuse (his favourite book title, and now mine, was "Yankee Girls in Zulu-Land").
What was intended as a quick tour round a local attraction before a morning coffee became a delightful morning's entertainment before lunch. I really can't recommend this place enough. We are planning to go back when next in the area - this time armed with questions, queries and things we want to look up and we know we are assured of a friendly welcome and a fascinating journey through history just as all the previous borrowers must have had.
As many have said before - a true gem

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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2013

Thank you so much for making an exception and reviewing your visit to Innerpeffray: and we're delighted you got so much out of the visit.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

The oldest lending library in Scotland, tucked away by the river Earn. A treasure to see and even to hold! Excellent curatorial staff looking after books which tell us of passing ideas, philosophies and fashions. When not too busy, ask for something that relates to your interests, and a book will be found for you to look at. This place needs our support as well as our admiration.

Thank Mary C
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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review on your visit to the Library. We enjoy sharing the wealth of interest within the collection with all our visitors, thanks for highlighting that part of the visit.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013 via mobile

Where else are you allowed to and encouraged to handle 500 year old books ??? Ask for 200 year old books on a topic of your choosing and in other languages ? The team welcome these kinds of questions. I will definitely be going back. Fascinating place

Thank Susan B
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KeeperofBooks, Manager at Library of Innerpeffray, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2013

We're really glad you enjoyed your time at the Library, and we love to find just the right thing for you, so look forward to welcoming you back.

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