National Library of Scotland

National Library of Scotland
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Scotland's largest library and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. Thanks to our UK legal deposit status, we are also a vast reference library.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

General Reading Room:

Monday - 09.30-20.30
Tuesday - 09.30-20.30
Wednesday - 10.00-20.30
Thursday - 09.30-20.30
Friday - 09.30-20.30
Saturday - 09.30-13.00

Closed: Sunday

Admission charges

Free admission to Reading Rooms, exhibitions and workshops. Some events are chargeable.

7 million printed books, 120,000 volumes of manuscripts, 1.6 million maps, and over 20,000 newspaper and magazine titles.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Industry, Law and Order, Literature, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Religion, Science and Technology, Social History, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Robert Burns
  • Mary Queen of Scots
  • Edinburgh Calotype Club
  • Douglas Haig
  • Winston Churchill
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Murthly Hours
  • The Auchinleck Manuscript
  • Modern Scottish Writers
  • Edinburgh’s Theatre Royal
  • Map Library - military and civilian
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Glasgow Science Festival takes place from the 8th to the 18th of June

Glasgow Science Festival: Enrico Cocozza Screening - Robot Three & Twilight

  • 8 June 2017 1-2pm

Enrico Cocozza is Wishaw’s David Lynch. Watch hidden treasures from the Moving Image Archive of sci-fi shorts: Robot Three (1951), a Frankenstein tale with echoes of Schlock Horror and German Expressionism and Twilight (1955), a post-apocalyptic nuclear fable.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free
BOOK ONLINE: GSF website

Website

http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/glasgowsciencefestival2017/adult/headline_325636_en.html

Glasgow Science Festival takes place from the 8th to the 18th of June

Glasgow Science Festival: Exploring Scotland’s Nuclear Archive

  • 13 June 2017 3:15-4pm

As Dounreay becomes decommissioned in the north of Scotland, flashback to the 1960s with documentary footage, including The Power House (1964) showcasing the social and economic changes in Caithness with the original implementation of the Nuclear Power Plan.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free
BOOK ONLINE: GSF website

Website

http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/glasgowsciencefestival2017/adult/headline_325536_en.html

Glasgow Science Festival takes place from the 8th to the 18th of June

Glasgow Science Festival: Local Landmarks Loved & Lost

  • 14 June 2017 6-7pm

In partnership with the West End Festival (2-25 June) this evening event, hosted by West End born and bred curator Liam Paterson, will take you on an adventure through the old streets of Glasgow. See Scottish landmarks, both loved and lost, in this captivating local screening.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free
BOOK ONLINE: GSF website

Website

http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/sciencefestival/eventsandprojects/glasgowsciencefestival2017/allages/headline_325732_en.html

National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 1EW
Scotland

Website

www.nls.uk

E-mail

General Enquiries

enquiries@nls.uk

Manuscripts

manuscripts@nls.uk

Maps

maps@nls.uk

Rare and Specialist Collections

rarebooks@nls.uk

Public Programme

events@nls.uk

Telephone

0131 623 3700

Fax

General Enquiries

+44 (0)131-623 3701

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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