Workshops for new readers

Before your first visit to the reading rooms, join a workshop for new readers and find out about:

Workshops are held in our George IV Bridge Building unless we state otherwise.


Getting started at NLS

People reading in the Special Collections Reading Room

Learn how to get a library card, find your way around the Library and request materials from our collections. The workshops will include a tour of the reading rooms and last around 90 minutes.

If you have specific access or other additional needs, please let us know in advance when you book your place on the tour.

If you plan to register for a library card when you visit, please bring evidence of identity with you.

25 September
14.30

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734. For more information about this workshop, email enquiries@nls.uk.


 

Discovering family history at NLS

Studio photo of three men

Find out how we can help you with your family history research. The workshops include some practical information on how to get a library card and use library resources.

If you plan to register for a library card when you visit, please bring evidence of identity with you.

12 September
18.00

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734. For more information about this workshop, email enquiries@nls.uk.


 

Beyond Google — An introduction to Credo Reference and Oxford Reference Online

Photo of hands using a computer keyboard

Learn how to access hundreds of quality reference books online. This workshop provides a basic introduction to the key features of two major online resources, Credo Reference and Oxford Reference Online.

21 August
14.30
This event is now fully booked.


 

Read all about it!

News and ads on a historic newspaper page

An introduction to online newspaper resources available via NLS.

Session includes demonstrations of a selection of resources and tips on how to search and discover the information you need.

 

9 September
14.30
This event is now fully booked.


 

Introduction to maps at NLS

Map of Scotland

NLS is home to one of the largest map collections in the world. Our shelves hold everything from town plans to world atlases, railway maps to star charts. Learn about the range of maps available, and view a selection of highlights from the collection. Includes an introduction to the Maps Reading Room.

Venue: Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PH.

Next date not yet announced.


 

NLS map images website and digital mapping

Detail from maps site home page

The map images website includes over 50,000 zoomable images of maps, primarily relating to Scotland over the last four centuries. This workshop in our IT training suite will help you to make best use of the map images website, as well as the related modern digital map resources available at NLS.

Venue: NLS IT training suite: assemble in Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PH.

16 September
14.00
This event is now fully booked.


 

Maps for family and local history

Part of a town plan

Find out how maps can help with your family or local history research. Learn about the range of historical maps held by NLS, and the information they provide. Includes an introduction to the Maps Reading Room.

Venue: Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PH.

21 August
14.00
This event is now fully booked.

 

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