Our Library Archives

An important historical collection of journals, photographs, postcards and other materials relating to Leadhills and the surrounding area.

Library Archives

In addition to the book stock, the library holds archives relating to the operation of the library since its establishment and donated material relating to the history of Leadhills and surrounding area. The latter includes over 300 photographs and postcards.

The archives include the Bargain Books and Journals of the Scots Mining Company. The archives are referenced LML (Leadhills Miners’ Library) and were listed by the National Register of Archives for Scotland in 1979, part of the National Records of Scotland (Ref: NRAS 2952).

LML 001 to 022

Journals of the Scots Mining Company. 1738-1854

LML 023 to 046

Bargain Books of the Scots Mining Company. 1739-1752

LML 047

Leadhills Curling Club Journal. 1784-1864/1929

LML 048

Leadhills Water Committee. 1944-1961

LML 049

Leadhills Library Minutes. 1821-1851

LML 050

Leadhills Library Minutes. 1871-1896

LML 051

Leadhills Library Minutes. 1896-1910, Accounts 1896-1940

LML 052

Leadhills Library Minutes. 1821-1851

LML 053

Library Catalogue and Accessions Register

LML 054

Library Catalogue

LML 055

Leadhills Friendly Society Account Book. 1908-1915

LML 056

Leadhills Water Works Cash Book. 1944-1951

LML 057

Library Inventory

LML 058

Library Post Book. 1955-1966

LML 059

Leadhills Water Works Committee Account Book. 1940-1961

LML 060

Leadhills Water Works Committee Cash Book. 1953-1960

LML 061

Correspondence between David Russell (Miners’ Library) and A. Agnew Ralston and Mr. Williamson

LML 062

Correspondence re £120 Leicester Corporation stock. 1913-1925

LML 063

Correspondence re Alexander Bequest. 1925-1935

LML 064

Correspondence re Library renovation from Library Committee to Marquess of Linlithgow. 1969-1970


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