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.

Libraries customer charter

PDF icon Libraries Customer Charter [131kb] is our commitment to you.

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.

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The main reference library is in AK Bell Library and everyone is welcome to use it for reading, studying or research. The first floor is accessible by stairs or lift. Please also see our great collection of online reference resources available free to members of Perth and Kinross Libraries.


You are welcome to come and read from our selection of the UK press during normal opening hours. The most recent copies can now be found on the ground floor at the information desk. Back issues are shelved on the first floor. Local newspapers are kept indefinitely in our Local & Family History department.  Other titles are kept for two months in the Reference section.


Our magazine collection covers a wide range of topics from arts and crafts, pastimes and hobbies, to news and current affairs. On the shelves you will find a range of magazines, some of which have been donated to the library and we are grateful for this continued support.
Please enquire with a member of staff to view back issues. In most cases back numbers are held for up to 1 year. Don’t forget about our digital collection of e-magazines as well!

Official Information

Increasingly, official information from Government and Public Bodies is being made available on the Internet and library customers are able to access this information on our People's Network computers. We also hold a host of official information in print, including collections of Scottish and UK parliamentary publications, council meeting minutes and general information on EU matters. In addition to these we also hold the Electoral Roll for Perth and Kinross. Please note that customers must come in to view the Electoral Roll - information cannot be given out over the phone or via the internet.

View accessibility information about AK Bell Library from DisabledGo

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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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