AK Bell Library

York Place, Perth, PH2 8EP

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If you live, work or study in Perth & Kinross then you can join the library service.

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Adults can now join the library online and access the Digital Library Service by providing just a few basic details, including your email address.

Join at one of our libraries as an adult

To join at a Perth & Kinross library, visit your local library or a mobile library. You can join immediately with proof of address, or you can fill in a simple application form.

Join as a child

Collect an application form from your local library and ask a parent or guardian to fill it in and sign it. We will ask to see something with the adult's name and address on it, for example a driving licence or a rent book.

Completed application forms

Once we have your completed application, a card will be made up for you and you can start using it to borrow items straight away. You can also use your card to get a PIN for you to use the public computers or free wi-fi.

You can also use your card and PIN to access a wide variety of free online resources, including e-books and e-audio books.

Proof of identity

It is important that you bring along a proof of identity when joining at one of our libraries.

You can do this by bringing in some official documentation with your address on it. This might be, for example, an original Council Tax Bill, or a gas, electricity or telephone bill. It could also be a bank statement, or a driving licence.

The need to have proof of identity is a security measure and is intended to help us protect our stock. By protecting the stock we can ensure that there is always a good choice for you when you visit.

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Free Wi-Fi, access to computers and the internet.

Connect via the People's Network to:

  • Study and learn
  • Word process your CV and apply for work
  • Find information on the world wide web
  • Explore our e-library collection of books, magazines, music, reference and audio-books
  • Send and receive email
  • Prepare a presentation in power-point
  • Create spread sheets and databases
  • Print your work

All of our libraries provide at least one computer with a flatbed document scanner for customer use.

We currently charge 25p per page for printing in black and white and 45p for colour.  The use of the computers and the internet is free.

Let's get on (Opens in a new window) and find ways the internet can work to your advantage.

Accessible software

All of our libraries now have TextHELP Read & Write Gold, WordTalk and Heather and Stuart Scottish Voice accessibility software installed to provide assistance for anyone with reading and writing difficulties, or anyone with English as a second language.

TextHELP Read & Write Gold also includes study skills tools that help with a range of tasks, for example, conducting research using the Internet, essay writing, report writing and proof reading.

A trackerball and keyboard with large keys are also available on request.

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Search your family history, the online catalogue or browse some of the collections from the Perth & Kinross Archive.

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The local and family history collection holds published sources of information about the local area.

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Whatever your event is we have comfortable and functional venues for hire situated in the centre of Perth.

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Find out the opening hours for the AK Bell Library Cafe, view the catering options or access information about using the Cafe for a private function.

Warm up with some soup and bacon rolls on a cold winter's day or sample our range of fresh, imaginative and affordable sandwiches, wraps and paninis. You'll also enjoy our choice of hot drinks, Fairtrade teas, coffees, and our selection of cold drinks and smoothies. Visitors to the Café are assured of a selection of delicious cakes and snacks, as well as a warm welcome.

Opening Hours

hot food from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Day Opening hours Hot Food availability
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm hot food from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm hot food from 9:30 am - 3.30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 6:00 pm hot food from 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm hot food from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm hot food from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Private functions

The café is also available for hire and can be set out for a cabaret and bistro. Recent hires have been for musical recitals, talks, book launches and stand-up comedy. We can arrange for an occasional alcohol license and set up a staffed bar for your guests. Please contact the library for more information or to make a request.

Catering options

We can provide a wide range of catering options for you and your delegates; from teas and coffees to big buffet lunches. We source our produce locally wherever we can and guarantee top quality of your meal.

Let us know of any specific dietary requirements your delegates have and we will be happy to cater for them as well.

Lunch options (prices per person)

Type of lunch  Description Price
Sandwich lunch A variety of vegetable and meat sandwiches on white and malted bread. £5.50
Soup & sandwich lunch Sandwich with a bowl of delicious soup, a popular choice on winter days. £6.50
Luxury buffet lunch Sandwich lunch with wraps, baguettes, savoury selection, mini tray bakes and fresh whole fruit. £10.00

All our lunches are served with complimentary teas and coffees.


Lighter options and refreshments (prices per person)

Type of refreshment Price
Fairtrade tea or coffee £1.55
Orange juice or apple juice £0.75
Shortbread and cookie assortment £0.90
Mini tray bake selection £1.30
Chocolate biscuits and mini packs £0.65
Whole fruit £0.60

Contact details for Catering

For more information please contact:

Culture Perth & Kinross
Venue Hire
AK Bell Library, York Place

Telephone: 01738 477016
Email: venues@culturepk.org.uk

The main reference library is in AK Bell Library and everyone is welcome to use it for reading, studying or research.

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  • Contact Information

  • Opening Times

    • Mon: Closed
    • Tues: 09:30 - 20:00
    • Wed: 09:30 - 17:00
    • Thurs: 09:30 - 20:00
    • Fri: 09:30 - 17:00
    • Sat: 09:30 - 13:00
    • Sun: Closed
  • Facilities

    • Wheelchair Accessible
    • Free Wifi
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