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References and Further Reading

For those who want to know more about the library here are some suggestions for further reading.

J. Williams, A Leadhills diary for 1745, Dumfries & Galloway Natural History & Antiquarian Society Transactions, 3rd ser. 54 (1979), pp.105-131.

Linlithgow MSS, ‘Catalogue of the library in Leadhills’, (1767) Leadhills mining papers no.23. Class IV. 113. [Held at Hopetoun House.]

J.C. Crawford, ‘Leadhills Library and a wider world’, Library Review, 46 (1997), pp. 539-553.

P. Kaufman, Leadhills: library of ‘diggers’, In Libraries and their users (London: Library Association, 1969), pp. 163-170.


15 Main Street,
South Lanarkshire
Scotland ML12 6XP

Opening Hours

Saturdays and Sundays
2pm to 5pm.
May to September.

Visits by appointment can be arranged throughout the year.

Leadhills Miners' Library is the World's first library for working people.

Alongside our collection of some 2500 books dating back to the 18th Century, the library contains many historical archives and photographs as well as a display of rare minerals connected to the local mining industry.

We also hold a 46 volume collection of mining journals and bargain books, recording contracts between the mine managers and miners from 1737-1854. It is the largest collection of its kind in Scotland and one of the largest in Britain.

Local Leadhills and Wanlockhead Links


Lead Mining Museum: https://www.leadminingmuseum.co.uk/

Leadhills Railway: https://www.leadhillsrailway.co.uk/

Ski Club: https://skiclub.lowtherhills.com/

Hopetoun Arms Hotel: https://www.hopetounarms.co.uk

Leadhills Scenery