Here we list the members of the Board of the National Library of Scotland. As well as general information about the Board, you can read minutes of Board meetings here.

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The National Library of Scotland Act 2012 confirmed the Library's general function as 'a national resource for reference, study, research and bibliography, having particular regard to Scotland'. The Act also modernised the make-up and responsibilities of the Board.

There 13 members plus an appointed Chair on the Library's Board. All Board members are appointed by the Scottish Ministers, and follow the Nolan procedures on public appointment. Any vacancies are advertised by the Scottish Government.



The Board has adopted a Code of Conduct approved by the Standards Commission for Scotland. You can consult the Board's Register of Interests, required by the code, at the Enquiries Desk in the George IV Bridge Building and at the link below.


Board members

From 1 October 2016, the members of the Board of the National Library of Scotland are:

Sir Kenneth Calman (Chair)
Sir Neil McIntosh (Vice-chair)
Fiona Robertson (Vice-chair) 

Noreen Adams
Ruth Crawford QC
Helen Durndell
Dianne Haley
William Shields Henderson
Simon Learoyd
Iain Marley
Professor Adrienne Scullion
Amina Shah
Professor Melissa Terras
Carmel Teusner.

See Board member profiles for more information.



The Board holds between four and six ordinary meetings each year. You can read the Board's meeting minutes online.



You can contact the Chair of the Board by writing to him at the Library or by email to


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