Innerpeffray Library and Chapel

What’s good about libraries? I

Library A to Z: II’m following the A to Z Challenge by posting every day in April (except Sundays) about the importance of libraries. I’m using the Library A to Z advocacy materials and a small selection of quotations in each post.

What good things about libraries begin with I?

Images; imagination; inclusion; individual study; information; information commons; information literacy; information services; innovation; inspiration; inter-library loans (borrowing things from other libraries); internet.

Quotations by people with names beginning with I proved tricky – I couldn’t find any. Instead, I’ve chosen to write about Innerpeffray (shown above), Scotland’s first lending library and a favourite place of mine. David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie, established Innerpeffray in 1680 for “the improvement and education of the population particularly the young students.” That is still a sound reason more than three centuries later, and journalist Marc Lambert used it as the basis of a Herald article in support of libraries in November 2014. In the same month, Alexander McCall Smith wrote a love letter to Innerpeffray as part of Book Week Scotland. If you get a chance, visit! Find the library on Twitter @Innerpeffray.

Do you have any other suggestions for I?

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Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter

I'm a proud Glaswegian who loves to go gallivanting both at home and abroad. Join me in my travels, both historic and current. Credit where credit's due: photography mostly by my more talented other half, John.

6 thoughts on “What’s good about libraries? I”

  1. Instagram. @NYPL (New York Public Library) has 74.9K followers with lots of interaction with patrons #bookfacefriday, #literarymarchmadness. @americanantiquarian (a research library of American History, Literature and Culture through 1876) only has 6087 followers but their posts are consistently wonderful. Interesting (and often funny) with detailed annotations.


    1. Wow, that’s a lot of followers! Social media in general is more and more important for any institution. Yo have to go where people are. Some of our libraries are very good at it (@OrkneyLibrary on Twitter is a legend) others are not. Won’t name and shame!


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