Frequently Asked Questions
How can I become involved in the Bookshop?
All bookshop workers are volunteers and work to a rota based on half days, that is, 9.00am to 12.45 and 12.45 to 4.30. Most volunteers work for two half-days in a month while some do more and some do less, depending on circumstances.
If you are interested in volunteering please complete the website contact form.
Can I have my charity included in Bookshop fundraising?
Any request to include a new charity would be considered by the bookshop’s organising committee.
It is unlikely that members would wish to extend our numbers beyond the present six or to disturb the balance of local, national and international charities.
Do I need to give warning of bringing books?
No. We are delighted to receive as many books as people choose to donate and our volunteer staff will receive them, happily, during our normal opening hours.
Which books can I donate?
Please donate any kind of books, fiction and non-fiction. They can be brought in during shop opening hours.
Is the Bookshop only for rail travellers?
No, the bookshop is for everyone.
While many of our visitors come from Highland Perthshire, others come from around Britain and some from as far away as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Our customers are truly international.
How much of the money raised goes on Bookshop organisation?
Very little. Our premises are given to us by ScotRail and all our staff are unpaid. The only expenses we have are electricity and insurance. It is important to us that almost every penny raised goes to our charities.
The income from sales of hot drinks goes into a Building Fund which finances improvements to the Bookshop and provides small items necessary for the Bookshop’s efficient running.
How is the bookshop organised?
The bookshop stock is divided into fiction and non-fiction.
Our main stock of fiction is arranged A-Z by author. We also have separate sections covering the Classics, Poetry, Drama and Humour.
Under non-fiction you'll find Biography, History, Politics, Reference, Sport, Travel and others.
There is also a specific Scottish section which includes fiction and non-fiction. There is a separate children’s section too.
If you need any help, our volunteer staff should be able to help.