Here’s a cheers to our volunteers!

June 2, 2011

The Scottish Poetry Library is a national institution, lending library and centre for all things poetical. We have a whole building and it is full to the rafters with natural light and our collections of books, junior books, pamphlets and audio equipment (didn’t know we had all that? Ask at the front desk next time you’re in!) We run events – workshops, readings, talks – host exhibitions and lead reading groups (featuring croissants…) in the evenings and on weekends. We work in schools, in gardens, in care homes and hospitals, in other libraries and in museums; we work with people locally and we work with people internationally.

And we couldn’t do it without you.

It’s a little known fact that the library opens on a Saturday – and always has – not only for the public, but by the grace of our volunteers. Our volunteers assist at events, help maintain and manage our lending collection, and participate in projects that we wouldn’t be able to contemplate undertaking without them. Some volunteers have been with us on a regular basis for a long time and others have completed short-term placements. We appreciate greatly each and every hour and skill.

So in this the European Year of Volunteering, and on Volunteers’ Week 2011, we’d like to say a big thank you to those who choose or have chosen to spend some of their time with us. If it sounds like something you’d be interested in trying, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing

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