The BBC (see link on right) reports: The Scottish Poetry Library was officially opened by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop and National Poet of Scotland Liz Lochhead.

The library, in Jackson's Entry off the Royal Mile, has more than 45,000 books.

There are new soundproof and recording spaces so that poetry can be recorded as well as written.

Ms Hyslop said: "The Scottish government is committed to supporting our country's rich culture and heritage and the Scottish Poetry Library on Edinburgh's Royal Mile is truly unique.

"As the only independently constituted and housed poetry library in Britain, and Europe, it stands for the importance of poetry in Scotland and highlights our exceptional literary talent."

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