The National Library of Scotland is a reference library with world-class collections. NLS is also Scotland's largest library and one of the major research libraries in Europe.
Our collections range from rare historical documents to online journals, covering every subject. We specialise in Scotland's knowledge, history and culture. See below for a short summary of each section in this category.
Summary of sections:
- What we
A brief outline of NLS and our history, the Board of Trustees, the legal deposit privilege, and the Visitor Centre.
Read and download our annual review and our quarterly magazine, 'Discover NLS', and see a list of books we have published.
The main policy documents, including the NLS Strategy and Corporate Plans, and some collecting policies are here.
This division provides preservation, conservation and reprographic services within NLS, and offers an advisory service to other Scottish libraries.
Find out how you can support what we do, including joining one of our Patrons schemes. You can make secure donations online.
- Freedom of
Make a request under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act using our online form.
- Working with
Information about formal and informal partnerships with other organisations and projects in Scotland and elsewhere.
Read about annual awards aimed at promoting excellence in literature and in craft bookbinding.
Information for suppliers and contractors about access to contract opportunites through the public contracts advertising portal.