Events at the National Library

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

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734. Places are limited, so we recommend that you book in advance. 

List updated: 31 August.

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September events

See also: Workshops and tours

Thomas Robertson's war: From Grangemouth to Gallipoli

Photograph of Thomas Robertson at war

In 1919, Thomas Robertson returned home from the Palestine campaign with the diary he had kept during his service. In 2014 it passed to his grandson, Neil White. Tonight Neil takes us through some of his great-grandfather's experiences, including the aftermath of the Battle of Gallipoli, and the end of the war in the Middle East.

1 September
Free. This event is fully booked.


Hugh Buchanan paints the John Murray Archive

Detail from Hugh Buchanan painting showing Sherlock Holmes stories

Artist Hugh Buchanan discusses his recent work with the John Murray Archive: painting the archives, manuscripts and books of some of the iconic names in literature, including Jane Austen, Lord Byron and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Hugh's paintings are displayed at the Library from 25 June until 6 September.

3 September
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


Photo of a microphone

The monthly night showcasing different poetry and spoken word talents. Different voices, different styles, different takes on life.

This month: Colin Will and Katherine McMahon.

7 September
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.

The Hidden Library

View down the stairwell behind the scenes at the Library

This year's Hidden Library event celebrates Scotland's Year of Food and Drink 2015.

At drop-in sessions you can learn about the Library's connection with Sir Alexander Grant and his digestive biscuits, and find out more about rationing and what people cooked during the Second World War. Younger visitors can bring their teddy bears along for an afternoon of story-telling and drawing activities. More information about these drop-in sessions will be available soon.

You can also book a Hidden Library tour of our 'Lifting the lid' exhibition at either 14.00 or 15.15.

12 September
Free. Book an exhibition tour online or phone 0131 623 3734.

Knee deep in claret: A celebration of wine and Scotland

Photo of Billy Kay

Billy Kay relates the fascinating history of the Scots involvement with claret and the great wines of the world: champagne, port, sherry and madeira. Celebrate our imbibing tradition in story and poetry, prose and song.

15 September
Free. This event is fully booked.

Doors Open Day — Tours of the Library

Stairs at the National Library of Scotland

Enjoy a tour of the National Library — Scotland's largest reference library and a major research centre in Europe. Take this opportunity to learn about the Library and to see behind the scenes. We will have a display of archive photos of the construction of the building and key architectural features, along with drawings and plans. Tours last around an hour. Booking essential, as places are limited. Part of Edinburgh Doors Open Day

26 September
Tours at 9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.30
Free. Book online or phone 0131 623 3734. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.

The Scottish railway atlas

Photograph of David Spaven

Few appreciate the rich diversity of Scotland's railways more than author David Spaven. He discusses his new book, 'The Scottish Railway Atlas', and examines railway development in Scotland over a period of nearly 200 years.

29 September
Free. This event is fully booked.

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