Dreams and ideas

We celebrate outstanding achievements made by Scotland and Scots in the 'Wha's like us?' exhibition

Search service

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

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

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Read the latest issue of 'Discover NLS', our award-winning colour magazine.

Learning zone


The Learning zone – ideas and resources for exploring our collections.

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