ALL the books have been removed from Leighton Library in Dunblane ahead of a major restoration project.
Around 4,500 books are stored at Scotland’s oldest purpose-built library, which opened in 1687.
The oldest book in the collection dates back to 1504, with many of the volumes coming from the private collection of Bishop Robert Leighton.
Colin Mcgregor, special projects director at Doree Bonner International, the removal company put in charge of the books, said: “We are delighted to be a part of such a major project for the Leighton library – the handling of such historic pieces has been an honour.
“We look forward to returning the books to their rightful home when the restoration works are complete.”
Only three box packers could work in the small library at any one time.
Each of the 4,500 books was wrapped in special acid-free tissue paper.
Between 40 and 60 crates of books were removed from the library each day during the flit.
Repairs are now being carried out to the library’s roof, leadwork, stonework, windows, and doors.
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