I had never heard of The Library of Innerpeffray until recently, but it is the oldest free, public lending library in Scotland, having been founded (by David Drummond, 3rd. Lord Madertie) around 1680.
It is in the depths of the country, not far from Crieff in Perthshire, and is housed in a charming Georgian building adjoining an early 16th. century chapel, and overlooking the River Earn. Although the library ceased to lend its books in 1968, all are available for visitors to handle and read in situ, and among its many treasures are volumes dating back to 1476*.
You can also see the Borrowers' Registers which provide a fascinating account of what the local people were reading at any time; click on the picture above to enlarge it and have a look. I hope James Hunter, a farmer, enjoyed The Love Letters of Prince Bismarck, and Ann Hunter got on well with Louis Pasteur - Life and Work.
I bought a set of postcards of illustrations from some of the library's books to give away to anyone who loves old books and curiosities, and to enter the draw, all you have to do is leave a comment here telling us about your favourite library - real or fictional, personal, public or private.
The draw is open to all (there's a cookery-themed one on Cornflower which you're welcome to enter, too), so please do throw your name into the hat, and if you're ever in the Crieff area, then make a beeline for Innerpeffray which, though very much off the beaten track, is well worth a special trip.
*Questiones in quattuor libros Sententiarum, part IV of Opus Oxoniense, John Duns Scotus, written 1298-9.