Events at the National Library

National Library of Scotland events are free and take place in our Edinburgh George IV Bridge Building, unless we state otherwise.

Places are limited, so we recommend that you book in advance.

We use Eventbrite for online event bookings. When you book an event you will be taken to the Eventbrite website. You can also phone 0131 623 3734.

List updated: 6 December.

For more information, or to join the events mailing list, email

December events in Edinburgh

See also:
Edinburgh workshops and tours
Glasgow Kelvin Hall events


Looking at maps: Monthly discussion group

Detail from Forlani's Map of the Americas

Maps provoke a wide range of responses — memories of favourite places, dreams of future journeys, a focus for hobbies and special interests, a source of inspiration for stories, poems, and art. Each month we invite you to come along to this alternative 'reading group' and to share your response to our 'Map of the month'.

This month's map will be 'A plan of the battle of Culloden' by John Finlayson, 1764.

Tuesday 6 December
Free. Book December's 'Looking at maps' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.

Open Book: A weekly shared reading group

An open book with glasses resting on top

This shared reading group is open to everyone. Drop in to our café to explore fiction and poetry in a relaxed, informal setting. There is no need to read or prepare anything in advance. Each session is facilitated by a volunteer from the Open Book project.

Every Tuesday
Free. No need to book, just come along on the day.

Poetry pamphlet fair

People looking at poetry pamphlets

Independent Scottish poetry publishing is going from strength to strength. This festive fair at the Library is always a popular event. Come along for a glass of wine and hear the poems, meet the publishers and buy the pamphlets.

Thursday 8 December
Free. No need to book, just come along on the night.

See also:

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