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 please refer to:




The Council commissioned Conservation and Strategic studies of the Library which have been an invaluable source of information informing the above assessments, 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.