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Leadhills Miner's Library

Door open days

19 September 2020

20 September 2020

South Lanarkshire

Founded in 1741 Leadhills Miners Library is the world's oldest working-class subscription library. Containing 3,000 of some of the rarest books in Scotland, the library is recognised as being of national importance.

As well as its book collection, the library holds the records of the Scots Mining Co from the 1730s to the 1850s in 42 volumes. The library also contains an impressive collection of letters, documents and photographs that combine to tell the history of Leadhills and its people.

Digital Resources

Leadhills Miner's Library Virtual Tour

Take a look inside Britain's first subscription library in this virtual tour lead by John Crawford, chairman of Leadhills Heritage Trust. 

Go on a virtual guided tour!

Key Information

  • 15 Main Street
  • Leadhills
  • ML12 6XP