The Lost Lending Library

Credit: Photo by Louise King
Some of our school children don’t experience much magic or wonder in their lives, and some get little chance to be carefree children. But this project brought magic, wonder, joy and excitement to all children at St David’s.

—Angela Burgess, Deputy Head Teacher at St David's R.C. Primary School

Between August 2019 and March 2020, we worked in collaboration with world-renowed theatre-makers Punchdrunk to deliver an immersive theatrical experience like no others. The Lost Lending Library landed in each of our Immerse schools, bringing with it magic, mystery and a sense of awe and wonder. The Library had so far travelled around London and Australia but this was its very first visit to Scotland! The Lost Lending Library aims to raise standards in literacy, speaking and listening through engagement with an unforgettable narrative that unfolds within the school.

A freelance librarian visited the pupils at each school, where they discussed their favourite books and stories. But this seemingly routine visit was followed by the incredible arrival overnight of The Lost Lending Library in the school. At 814 floors high and with 402 spiral side departments, it is the largest collection of books in the world. The Library leaps from place to place, arriving where it knows it can find the most precious books of all time: new stories written by young apprentices. 

The Library stayed in each school for around 2 weeks during which time the children were invited for a visit and meet its guardian, then go on to find clues, write stories and generally being engulfed in the exciting world created in their school, before the Library disappeared without a trace. Luckily, it has left a legacy behind in each school in the form of special membership cards and a renewed appetite for writing stories! Some schools still receive a postcard from wherever the library is currently visiting!



My son in P5 has spoken about the project almost every day and was so excited that I was visiting the school. What an amazing idea and I love how it's so interactive.

—Parent - Brunstane Primary