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
How would you like to get into our Good Books?
Please help us to swell our funds.
We depend on the charity of trust funds and individual donations. Each year we send out many letters asking for money and each year we hold our breath, cross our fingers. It is never easy for us to raise the funds. We need to pay our bills: electricity, insurance, security and fire alarm systems, council tax, phones, maintenance, repairs and so on. Of course, throughout the year the Governors put on events to raise money. Overall, it's a hand to mouth existence and that's why we hope you may choose to become a Benefactor. In return, you'll earn a place in the history and heritage of the Scottish Enlightenment. Your signature in the Book of Benefactors will be kept in good company by other rare and remarkable books, bound in leather and vellum: The Library's original collection of some 5000 books and an astonishing collection of rare first edition, Scottish literature, coming home in 2013 thanks to a very generous American benefactor of Scottish descent.
The Book of Benefactors
This imposing, hand tooled, leather bound volume will sit inside a bookcase in the Library in perpetuity to record the names and organisations who generously give their support "for the benefit of all" to ensure a safe future for Innerpeffray Library.
The title on the cover "for the benefit of all " is an extract from the will of David Drummond, third Lord Madertie when he was making provision for the future of the Library and the employing of a school teacher and a Keeper of Books. Sadly, the funds he left, 5,000 Scottish merks, ran out some 200 years ago and whilst Innerpeffray Library continues to be a public place, it gets no funding from any Government.
On the other hand, many publicly funded bodies including Historic Scotland, National Trust of Scotland, Museums Galleries Scotland and the National Library of Scotland regard it as a hugely important and unique site.
Arthur Herman, author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World said:
"it is in effect the Magna Carta of the Scottish mind"
The Just Rewards
For a minimum of £250, you can enter the name of your choice in The Book of Benefactors, a hand-tooled, leather bound volume that will sit inside the Library's Benefactors Bookcase in perpetuity. You will also receive for your own private library, an autographed, leather bound, limited and numbered edition of The First Light, the book about the Library, its history and its contents (this book retails at £150).
For a minimum of £1000, you can have the name of your choice inscribed on one of our Bookshelves. Your name would also be included in The Book of Benefactors, and you would also receive for your own private library, an autographed, leather bound, limited and numbered edition of The First Light, the book about the Library, its history and its contents.
For a minimum of £2000, you can have the name of your choice inscribed across the top of one of our Bookcases. Your name would also be included in The Book of Benefactors and you would also receive for your own private library, an autographed, leather bound, limited and numbered edition of The First Light, the book about the Library, its history and its contents.
For a minimum of £10,000, you can have your name inscribed in one of the ancient paving stones at the Library's entrance. Your name would also be included in The Book of Benefactors and you would also receive for your own private library, an autographed, leather bound, limited and numbered edition of The First Light, the book about the Library, its history and its contents.
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.
The Book of Benefactors