Fountainbridge Library and Doors Open Days 2020

My local library, Foutainbridge Library on Dundee Street, Edinburgh, is a rare and important example of modern Scottish architecture. Designed by John A. W. Grant (1886/7-1959), it was built between 1937 and 1940. It opened as a state-of-the-art library during the Blackout and continues to serve the community today.

Fountainbridge Library, Dundee Street, Edinburgh, 2020
(c) Fotofling Scotland – Richard Findlay

The library will be part of this year’s digital Doors Open Days on 26 and 27 September 2020, organised by The Cockburn Association.

Opening a ‘closed door’ at Fountainbridge Library, Edinburgh whilst filming for this year’s digital Doors Open Days. Photograph by Sonya Gray

Having researched, written and lectured about the library over several years, I was delighted to work with the team there on the video series ‘Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘Up Secret Stairs’. They reveal parts of this marvellous building which are not accessible to visitors, from the basement to the roof!

Information about everything we are doing, as well as the other venues participating in the scheme, will go live here soon.


  1. Udita Banerjee
    24 September 2020 / 3:25 pm

    Just watched the preview and looking forward to watching the full video. My local library too, and such a fantastic building.

    • 24 September 2020 / 3:59 pm

      So glad that you liked the preview. Sonya and I did it ourselves, on her camera phone and she worked really hard to edit the films. A blessing of Doors Open Days being on-line this year has been being able to show people all sorts of nooks and crannies in the building which we couldn’t otherwise take you to – shinning up stepladders and so on!!

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