The books, the people, the story
The Library of Innerpeffray
Innerpeffray, by Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland    Telephone +44(0)1764 652 819    Email

The Long Walk for Knowledge

We are delighted to announce the development of a Heritage Trail and improvements to Innerpeffray School.

A trio of grants will make possible a whole new era at our unique site.  Thanks to the support of Perth and Kinross Rural LEADER funding, Heritage Lottery Fund, The Gannochy Trust and SSE’s Sustainable Development Fund together with generous donations, we have raised over £200,000 to create a year-round free attraction for visitors to our special piece of rural Perthshire. 

Sponsor the Trees and Seats

The Heritage Trail in land next to the Library will be replanted to become an educational woodland including Scottish native trees and spring bulb garden.  In addition, it will offer an incredible insight into the rich and varied history, which includes a section of Roman Road, connections to the Wars of Independence and the Jacobites, as well as being the location of Scotland’s first lending library.  There will also be an event space down by the River Earn. 

£25 will sponsor a small tree

£100 will sponsor a specimen tree with your choice of name on a plaque

£500 will sponsor a dry stone wall feature with seating and include your choice of name on a stone on the wall.

Contact Lara Haggerty at the Library to find out more, or download a form here

The School Room is being transformed into an area for education, social events, talks and will now boast a small servery. 

The development has the dual aim of encouraging visitors to enjoy the beautiful setting, the  wider history of the area and lead people to the Library.  The two questions most asked at Innerpeffray Library are: ‘Why is it here, in the middle of nowhere?’ and ‘Can I go for a walk down to the river?’ With this exciting new project we are aiming to answer both these questions and share the amazing story of this tiny piece of Scotland.

There will be regular updates on the progress of the project on our website:  and a new programme of events.

If you would like to contribute to the Long Walk for Knowledge you can make a donation via the Library or using the Donate button on the right.  We are also seeking volunteers to help with the replanting of the woodland, and maintenance of the path, contact Lara at the Library if you can help.

We are one of the Co-op's local causes - pass on your points to us via the Good Causes section of the membership pages here.  Thank you!

Support Us

In 1680 a far-sighted nobleman founded the Library of Innerpeffray, Scotland's oldest free public lending library, proudly representing the origins of the Scottish Enlightenment. Whilst it ceased lending in 1968, it continues as a museum, offering unprecedented access to the unique and valuable collection.

We are delighted to Launch our new Patron Scheme

The Library has had many patrons during its long history: with the common aim of helping the Library now and in the future—can you help us maintain this very special piece of Scottish history?

Care, conservation and above all access to the books is the core of the Library’s work today. 

We aim to:

Keep the doors open, ensuring access for all as the Founder intended

Keep the books, records and buildings safe with appropriate care, maintenance & conservation.                                                            

Support research and education.

For an annual subscription, you can become a Patron of Innerpeffray, joining a long history of distinguished patronage.  In grateful thanks for your support we are delighted to offer this exclusive package of benefits to our Patrons.

Free access to the Library.

Acknowledgement as a Library Patron.

Twice yearly copy of Footnotes, the Innerpeffray Library Newsletter announcing events and ‘what’s on’ plus special features on books, exhibitions and the collection.

Tickets for you and a guest to an exclusive library tour from the Keeper of Books with drinks reception.

Tickets for you and guest  to the annual Innerpeffray Lecture.

Complimentary membership of the Friends of Innerpeffray Library (FOIL)

Tickets for the season of FOIL lectures.

Becoming an Annual Patron costs £100 or a Three Year Patron Plan £250

Our Patrons leaflet is available to download here, or call the Library on 01764 652819.

We are delighted if you would like to help the Library - some other options are

Become a Sponsor

We have a very limited number of corporate sponsorship opportunities: they include our Reading Room, Bookcase, and even Library Ladders (a metaphor for moving up in the world?). We'd be delighted to discuss details.

A Willing Giver?

Three centuries ago, the Library was created by legacy in the Last Will and Testament of David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie, philanthropically providing access to books and learning for thousands of people.

If you were kind enough to leave us a legacy in your Will, your generosity will be inscribed in The Book of Benefactors and will help the Library stay open, enriching the minds of future generations, earning their gratitude and our eternal thanks.

Befriend the Books

As many visitors and supporters of the Library will know, our collection is in need of constant care and attention. Some of the books are quite badly in need of repair or restoration.

The Library's Befriend a Book scheme enables individuals or organisations to make a direct donation to help to care for the collection. In return, Befrienders will receive a certificate, and a loose bookplate in the book itself, acknowledging the contribution. This support is direct assistance for the Library and makes an excellent gift for a book- or history-lover.

£20 will reinforce a folded page

£50 will repair a worn spine in leather

£100 will completely rebind a leather book

£250 will restore and conserve a damaged book

Any amount, large or small can be given to befriend the collection as a whole.

Why not join The Friends of Innerpeffray Library?  For a modest annual donation you can join a company of the like-minded people and be informed of their regular prgroamme of talks and other special events, run to raise funds for the Library.

If you would like to make a secure donation to the library using either a credit card or PayPal account please click the button below.

Book of Benefactors

The Book of Benefactors

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