Workshops for new readers

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

Other workshops you might be interested in:

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.

16 April
10.30

20 May
14.30

18 June
18.00

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.

14 April
10.00

14 May
14.30

9 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.

22 May
10.00

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734. For more information about this 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 NLS.

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

29 April
14.00

10 June
10.00

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


 

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.

28 April
14.00

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


 

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.

17 June
14.00

This event is now fully booked. For more information about this workshop, email maps@nls.uk.


 

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.

22 May
14.00

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


 

Adult Learners' Week: Mental illness in British India

Adult Learners Week logo

How did the British manage and treat mentally ill Europeans and natives in India? What was life really like in a 'lunatic asylum'? Francine Millard, Digital Projects Officer, leads this fascinating session. Explore these issues and discover many surprises as you handle original 19th and 20th century asylum reports from the India Papers which went online in 2012.

16 June
14.00

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Adult Learners' Week: Science at the National Library

Adult Learners Week logo

Join NLS Science Curator Catherine Booth for this rare opportunity to hear about the breadth of the Library's science collections, and to ask questions about your own fields of interest. We are confident that we can help you find information on whatever scientific topic fascinates you. Come along and try us out! If you have a scientific topic of particular interest, please contact Catherine in advance at c.booth@nls.uk.

18 June
11.00

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Treasures from the Commonwealth: Material-handling workshop for people with visual impairments

Woman reading a book

Maria Castrillo, an NLS Manuscripts Curator, and Dora Petherbridge, an NLS International Collections Curator, give a sneak preview of some of the material they are considering selecting for our 'Treasures from the Commonwealth' display in July and August. Here's an opportunity to handle and learn more about these very special items. Numbers limited — book in advance to avoid disappointment.

7 May
14.00-15.30

Book online or phone 0131 623 3734.


 

Whisky galore!

Advert for Scotch whisky

To mark Whisky Month, this event showcases items from the 20th and 21st century collections of NLS about whisky. Ian Scott, General Collections curator, will talk about a few selected items from the collections then you will get the chance to look at many other whisky related items. Covering all aspects of whisky from appreciation, marketing and history to how to make your own whisky, this is an opportunity to see the range of material about our national drink in the Scottish national printed collections. Numbers limited — book in advance to avoid disappointment.

28 May
14.00-15.00

This event is now fully booked.

 

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