Langholm library


Langholm Library founded 1800


The Langholm Library was founded in 1800 and served the local community as a subscription library until 1974. In 1834, it received a substantial bequest in the will of Thomas Telford, the engineer, and, in 1853 it absorbed the Langholm Trades Library (founded 1813). Since 1974, it has been a reference and local studies collection under the control of the Langholm Library Trust.


The collection consists of 5,000 books representing stock typical of a Scottish community library at the turn of the century. There is also an important collection of books formerly belonging to Hugh MacDiarmid and bearing his autograph.


Listed 1878 building in local stone located in the centre of Langholm.

Contact information

Mrs Margaret Hall, Chairwoman
3 Walter Street, Langholm, Dumfriesshire DG13 0AX

OpenTuesday 10.00-12.00, Thursday 19.00-21.00, Friday 10.00-12.00

Researchers and visitors welcome (at other times to above by appointment); postal enquiries require a stamped SAE and a little patience.



Langholm Library Trust