Take Action


 1. Sign the petition:

2. Support the case for Section 65 of the Town & Country Planning Act:

3. Come to one of our regular campaign meetings:



For further background information and the case for overturning planning permission, please refer to:



A summary of this comprehensive assessment which includes the case for revoking planning permission is available to download here:

The Council commissioned Conservation and Strategic studies of the Library, obtained through FOI requests since the hotel was granted planning consent, have been an invaluable source of information, available to download here:




As the 1st UNESCO World City of Literature the current situation is a tragic embarrassment to the city and a disgrace to the legacy of founder Andrew Carnegie.

To ensure the Library’s future, fit for the UNESCO title and worthy of a capital city, taking a lead from the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, the compulsory purchase of the Cowgate gap site, otherwise long intended for the benefit of the Library, must be ensured, and the respective development guided by exemplar public consultation and engagement throughout the process.