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Selkirk Library

Located between Ettrick Terrace and Castle Street, Selkirk Library has an interesting history. It was built as the town prison, opening in 1804. It was extended in 1865-66 and linked by an underground passage to the new Sheriff Court building which was being constructed on the opposite side of Ettrick Terrace. It was converted to a library and reading room in 1884 and gifted to the town by Thomas Craig-Brown, a notable local wool-spinner and historian. The small arched windows which once illuminated the cells can still be seen. Inside is a memorial to the Selkirk-born author and folklorist Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912). The library provides a base for the Selkirk Reading Group.


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