Remember When: An elephant walks into a library Indras the elephant visits Leith Public Library as part of a campaign to remind people to return their books in January 1976, with the man on the left seemingly determined to pretend nothing unusual is happening. Picture: George Smith Sign Up To Our Daily Newsletter Sign up 0 Have your say IT sounds like the set-up for a corny joke, but an elephant really did walk into a library - Leith Public Library - as part of a campaign to remind people to return their books. It was January 1976 - back then anything was possible! SEE ALSO: The story of Edinburgh’s libraries The old reading room at the Scottish National Library on the last day it was open to the public in 1956. Readers browse at the Douglas and Foulis bookshop in Castle Street in 1958.