Some of the first images of Africa ever seen by western eyes are on display in our David Livingstone exhibition
Search and browse our catalogues and databases for details of material in the collections at NLS
Explore the collections
The millions of items in our collections range from medieval manuscripts to films and electronic journals
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