We have the world's largest and most important collection of modern Scottish books and periodicals at the National Library of Scotland.

We aim to collect as comprehensively and quickly as possible and you can expect to find the most complete and up to date collection of:

  • Books and periodicals published in Scotland in printed and other formats
  • Books and periodicals with Scottish content published in the UK
  • Novels, short stories, plays, and poetry by Scottish authors published in the UK.

What we mean by 'Modern' and 'Scottish'

'Modern' means published in the 20th or 21st centuries.

We use a broad definition of 'Scottish. Our collections include works that have Scottish content or a Scottish theme, not just items published in Scotland. 'Scottish" authors may have Scottish parents, been born in Scotland, live in Scotland, or identify themselves as Scottish.


What's in the collection

Our modern Scottish collection is very wide-ranging. One of our main functions is to create a comprehensive collection of Scottish publications, and to make it available to our customers in Scotland and beyond, both now and in the future.

We are able to request one copy of all books and periodicals published in the UK using the legal deposit privilege. This ensures our coverage of current Scottish publications is unique. We also add to the collections by purchase and donation. Many items will not be available anywhere else.

All subjects are covered and we collect most kinds of publications — in English, Gaelic, Scots, and the other languages of Scotland.


Getting more from the collection

Discover what has been written about the subjects that interest you by searching Scottish Bibliographies Online for details of books and articles.

To find out more about Modern Scottish collections at the Library, email Andrew Martin at a.martin@nls.uk


Scottish Collections