Dreams and ideas
We celebrate outstanding achievements made by Scotland and Scots in the 'Wha's like us?' exhibition
Find millions of items from our collections and other trusted sources using our new search service
View and read online
A Phoebe Anna Traquair manuscript is among the thousands of items in the Digital gallery
When you visit
Enjoy drinks and snacks in the café, browse and buy in the shop, and register for a library card in the Visitor Centre
- Main catalogueFind details of books and more
- Family historyGuide to family history research
- Moving imagesWatch archive footage online
- Map imagesSee thousands of digitised maps
Wha's like us?
Access our world-class collections
The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. We are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance.
You can see collection items online, and hundreds more digital resources may be available if you register. Anyone can get a library card to consult material in our reading rooms.
The National Library of Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC011086