Read rare books dating from 1476 to 2001 at this historic library in rural Perthshire, Scotland.
An eccentric idea when it was founded, Innerpeffray Library was the first free public lending library in Scotland. Today, the three main collections here include handwritten work by Robert Burns, and the first printed recipe for haggis.
In 1680, David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie, decided to allow ordinary people to borrow from his library; the custom eventually saw a library and free school in every town in Scotland. Once the most literate country in the world, this free access to knowledge can be traced onwards to the Scottish Enlightenment.
Host to exhibitions and events throughout the year, visitors to Innerpeffray Library can still read books from the collection and discover the stories of the people who travelled here to borrow volumes from prose and poetry through to philosophy and the sciences.