Charles Low Memorial Library 

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Introduction To The Library

The Charles S. Low Memorial Library is one of the largest private libraries in the country, dedicated to preserving Scottish history, customs, music, literature, and promoting genealogical studies. It contains over 1,900 books (some dating back to the early 1800s), audio and visual material, our Society Archives and is the home of the Scottish Genealogical Collection. The Library also sponsors Scottish lectures and presentations.

The Library’s mission is to support the Society’s goals by collecting, preserving and making available material and presentations that encourage the love of Scotland through its history, customs, music, and literature in a Setting worthy of its members.

Goals to implement the mission statement:

  • Conservation of Material
  • Safe Guarding of Material
  • Securing for Future Generations

St. Andrew’s History Project

These are the stories of our Members and others about St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit. In 2018, several of our members were interviewed to share their memories of the Society. In addition, others have provided personal stories in written or video format.

When you click on a button below, 

  • a link may be opened in a new tab to listen to an audio file,
  • a pdf file may be opened with their written story, or
  • other audio files or visual documents may be opened.


Upcoming Programs 

Upcoming Events will be posted here.

Past Programs 

Saturday, May 4, 2019 – Getting Started: A Genealogy Seminar
  • 2019-05-04 10.15.16
  • 2019-05-04 10.41.55
  • 2019-05-04 10.15.23
  • Mary Lou Duncan, past Society Genealogist, speaking at one of the Library's sponsored Genealogy Programs
  • Dr. Bruce Drurie, Scottish aurthor and international speaker on Genealogy, with John Cherry, Society's Trustee Chairman
Saturday, November 15, 2018 – A night with Outlander
Outlander Collage

About Us

The Library is located within the Kilgour Scottish Centre, Home of the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit.

2363 Rochester Road, Troy, MI  48083-1951


The 3rd Saturday of every month. We invite you to drop in from 10:30 to 3:30 PM pm or by appointment.
The 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 10:30 to 3:30 PM
Also by appointment.

Library Staff:     
Julie Bartoy, Ann Brown, Maryann Clark, Marge Cowan, Sharon Cross, Faith Frederick, Nan Fromm, Irene Hall, Stuart Kennedy, Maureen Lipovsky, Cathy McCullough Les, Nancy Waters, and Dennis Clements (Chair).
Honorary Members: Dick Fromm.  Contributors: Linda Davenport and Diane Raymond.