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 the National Library

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.

17 June
10.30

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


 

Discovering family history at the Library

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.

10 June
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.

We will publish the next date for this workshop around the middle of June.

For more information about the workshop, email enquiries@nls.uk.


 

Read all about it!

News and ads on a historic newspaper page

An introduction to online newspaper resources available via the Library.

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

16 June
10.00

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


 

Introduction to maps at the Library

Map of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland 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.

We will publish the next date for this workshop around the middle of June.

For more information about the workshop, email maps@nls.uk.


 

Library map images website and digital mapping

Detail from maps site home page

The map images website includes over 100,000 zoomable images of maps of Great Britain and beyond 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 the Library.

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

18 June
14.00


 

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 the National Library, and the information they provide. Includes an introduction to the Maps Reading Room.

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

We will publish the next date for this workshop around the middle of June.

For more information about the workshop, email maps@nls.uk.

 

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