This page gives you information you need to contact the National Library of Scotland by phone, email or through the website, or to write to us. There are also direct contact details for the Library's main departments or services. Our enquiry policy outlines our commitment to dealing with enquiries.
To phone us
- Main number:
Tel: +44 (0)131 623 3700
Fax: +44 (0)131 623 3701
- Direct dial numbers:
Some departments have a direct line: see Departments / units list below.
Email and website
Use these options for general enquiries. Some departments have a direct email address: see Departments/Units list below.
- Registration / login
For any questions about registering or about using your login details:
- Chat online:
Use Chat for an instant reply to questions about material published on or after 1850: available Monday-Friday, 14.00-16.00 and 18.00-20.00
- Online enquiry service:
For general reference questions relating to services and general collections, use the online enquiry form:
Ask A Librarian
- Advance ordering:
To preorder material for the General Reading Room:
- Enquiries about our
For queries or comments regarding our website:
For news from NLS: subscribe to our email newsletter
- Freedom of Information
To make a Freedom of Information request, you can use our online Freedom of Information request form.
To write to us
- National Library of Scotland
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How to find us if you are visiting the Library.
Departments / units
|Business information||Scottish Business Information Service.
supply (Reference Services)
||Enquiries from libraries about borrowing / lending
books and obtaining / supplying articles.
Tel (direct dial): 0131 623 3827 Fax: 0131 623 3830
|Foreign Collections Unit||Enquiries about foreign material.
|Learning and outreach||Enquiries about talks, school workshops, group visits and tours for learners
of all ages.
|Legal deposit||Enquiries about legal deposit.
|Manuscripts||Enquiries relating to manuscripts and
Tel (direct dial): 0131 623 3876 Fax: 0131 623 3866
|Maps||Enquiries about maps and map-related information,
based at Causewayside.
Tel (direct dial): 0131 623 4660 Fax: 0131 623 4661
See Maps Collections pages for other relevant contact details.
|Modern Scottish Collections||Enquiries about Scottish material published since
1900 and Scottish Bibliographies Online.
|Music||Enquiries about music collections and
|Official Publications||Enquiries about UK parliamentary material and
official UK and overseas publications.
||Enquiries about preservation and conservation
activities at NLS, and enquiries about box-making and price
|Rare Books||Enquiries relating to special collections and
early printed material.
Tel (direct dial): 0131 623 3899
See Rare Books Collections pages for other relevant contact details.
|Science||Science Information Service, based at
|Scottish Screen Archive||Enquiries about Scotland's moving images
For other departments or members of staff, see our Staff and departments directory.