Game of Crowns

Turbulence, treachery and royal power struggles are reflected in our Jacobites exhibition

Explore the collections

The millions of items in our extensive collections range from medieval manuscripts to photos, films and electronic journals

Lairn wi Oor Wullie

There's braw fun for primary schools to have in Oor Wullie's guide tae Scots language

Glamis Breviary

New to the Library is the 'Glamis Castle' copy of the 16th century Aberdeen Breviary

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.



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Discover issue 27 …

Delve into the winter issue of 'Discover NLS'

The referendum

How to search the Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 Collection — and help us collect local items

Learning zone


The Learning zone – ideas and resources for exploring our collections

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