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Scotland's Public Libraries

Designations Report 2021

Front cover of Scotland's Public Libraries, showing the Category B listed Arngask Library in Glenfarg

Libraries are an important part of Scotland’s educational and social history. The public library system as we now know it began with the passing of the Public Libraries (Scotland) Act in 1853. Today there are around 560 library buildings in Scotland and around 360 of these were purpose-built. These structures are among our finest public buildings today.

  • Audiences:

    Members, Corporate Interest Users, Researchers
  • Date Published:

    13 September 2021
  • Publisher:

    Historic Environment Scotland
  • Publication Types:

    General Interest, Research and Study Report
  • Format(s):

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  • Subjects:

    Architecture, History, Scotland