The Scottish Poetry Library was founded in 1984 by poet Tessa Ransford. The present Director, Asif Khan, was appointed from June 2016. Khan is supported by a dedicated team of librarians and specialist staff with expertise in collections management, engagement, learning, events, publishing and communications.
The SPL is a limited company with charitable status. From November 2020, its Board was co-Chaired by Gordon Munro and Charlie Roy. The SPL has status as a Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation (RFO) with a remit to support audience development, literacy through reader development and creative writing classes with diverse groups, schools and public libraries, and to promote opportunities for writers and performers for showcasing their talents at home and abroad.
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