In a significant undertaking that spanned from November 2022 to April 2024, Doree Bonner International played a crucial role in the restoration and reassembly of the historic Leighton Library in Dunblane. This project involved the careful handling and storage of a precious collection that included Bishop Robert Leighton’s private treasures and numerous first editions—approximately 4,500 books, some dating back to 1504.

Meticulous Preparation and Storage

The project commenced with the meticulous packing of the Leighton Library’s extensive collection. Employing specialised wrapping and packing techniques, our team expertly catalogued and prepared each item for storage, ensuring these valuable historical artifacts were preserved during the library’s extensive refurbishment.

The collection was then stored in our secure, purpose-built facilities, specifically designed to protect delicate items from environmental threats. Maintained within our premises, these storage units are equipped with state-of-the-art security systems, providing the utmost safety for the library’s treasures over the extended storage period.

Unpacking and Restocking with Care

Following the completion of the library’s refurbishment in April 2024, our team, along with dedicated volunteers, began the delicate process of unpacking and restocking the shelves. Every book was handled with the reverence it deserved, ensuring that each piece was returned to its rightful place in the newly revitalised library space.

Special Considerations

The age and fragility of the books required high levels of precision throughout the project. Our team, with years of experience in handling valuable collections, employed bespoke packing and handling techniques tailored to meet the unique needs of the Leighton Library.

Outcome and Client Satisfaction

The successful completion of the Leighton Library project stands as a testament to our commitment to excellence and our capability to handle historical treasures with care and precision. The library is now a fully functional repository of knowledge, restored to its former glory and ready to serve the community. The client expressed immense satisfaction with the outcome, praising the meticulous care and attention to detail with which each aspect of the project was handled.

Alastair MacDonald, Restoration Lead at The Leighton Library, noted:

“The age and fragility of this important historic book collection meant we needed to be satisfied that handling and storage were careful and consistent with conservation conditions. We have been very happy with the care and attention to detail Doree Bonner have provided, as well as the helpfulness and positive attitude of the team. I would recommend Doree Bonner for any similar project.”

Steven McGregor, Group Manager, Doree Bonner Scotland, adds:

“The Leighton Library project demonstrates our commitment to precision and client satisfaction. I am very proud of our team for their consistent professionalism throughout the project. We took every precaution to handle the library’s valuable collection with great care from start to finish. A sincere thank you to our team for their effort and to our client for entrusting us with such a significant task. This project not only highlights our expertise in moving and storage but also reinforces Doree Bonner International’s reputation as a leader in handling complex logistical challenges.”

Learn More About Our Services

To find out more about our specialised packing, moving, and storage services or to schedule a consultation, please request your free online quote or contact us directly 24/7. At Doree Bonner International, we are dedicated to ensuring the safekeeping and careful handling of your treasured possessions, and proud to be your trusted partner for all your removal and storage needs.