Library Social: A programme of events for people affected by dementia
The 'Social' programme is a joint initiative between the National Library of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and the National Museums of Scotland. Visitors with dementia, plus their friends, families and supporters are welcome to attend these regular Friday morning sessions. Events take place at the Library on the second Friday of each month, with refreshments provided.
Keeping the light: Lighthouses in Scotland
Friday 10 November
Midwinter cheer: Seasonal songs and poems
Friday 8 December
Free. Book Library Socials on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Gaelic collections workshops
Mark Edinburgh Gaelic Week by discovering some of the varied material from the Library's Gaelic music and manuscripts collections. This event is in English.
Thursday 9 November
Free. Book for Gaelic music and manuscripts workshop on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Celebrate Edinburgh Gaelic Week by discovering some of the varied material from the Library's Gaelic rare book and modern collections. This event is in English.
Thursday 9 November
Free. Book Book for Gaelic rare books and modern collections workshop on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Song workshop: Sea shanties and songs of the sea
Join singer-songwriter and popular community choir leader Christine Kydd to learn some of the popular sea shanties that the polar explorers would sing to pass the long hours on board ship. The afternoon will include a short tour of our exhibition, 'Enduring Eye: The Antarctic legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley'. Everyone welcome — no singing experience needed.
Saturday 11 November
Free. Book for the song workshop on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Using little magazines for research in modernist literary studies
This workshop introduces key skills for research using periodicals in modernist literary studies. Periodicals were crucial to the development and dissemination of modernist literature, and the workshop shows how careful examination can shed new light on the texts published within their pages. Using the National Library's collections, and touching on the poetry of T S Eliot and Hart Crane, Dr Francesca Bratton will demonstrate a methodology for this branch of study, covering research skills and decoding bibliographic details.
Thursday 23 November
Free. Book 'Using little magazines' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Discovering family history
Have you discovered the outline of your family history? Come to our workshop to find out how to use the Library's huge range of resources. If you plan to register for a library card, please bring evidence of identity with you.
Thursday 16 November
Wednesday 13 December
Getting started at the Library
Don't know where to start? Want a tour of the General Reading Room? Come to our workshop to find out how to search and request material from our collections and use the eResources. If you plan to register for a library card when you visit, please bring evidence of identity with you. The workshop lasts around 90 minutes. If you have specific access or other additional needs, please let us know when you book.
Tuesday 14 November
Tuesday 12 December
Free. Book 'Getting started' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Read all about it!
An introduction to online newspaper resources available on the National Library of Scotland
Did you know we offer access to newspaper collections online? From local to national, recent to historic, we have a wealth of articles, features and adverts available at your fingertips. Come along and learn how to find and use them. For more information about this workshop, email email@example.com.
Thursday 19 October
Thursday 14 December
Free. Book 'Read all about it!' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Discover the wonders of our collection of over two million maps — find everything from town plans to star charts, early atlases to the latest digital mapping. Over 180,000 of these maps are available on our map images website. This introductory talk will last around an hour. It will be followed by a 30-minute supported session to help you get the most out of the maps website. To take part in this session, you will need to have registered for a library card.
Saturday 25 November
Venue: George IV Bridge — please meet at the Information desk.
Free. Book 'Discover maps' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
'Enduring Eye' exhibition tours
For these tours, please meet at the Information desk in the George IV Bridge building.
Accessible tours of the exhibition
A guided tour of the 'Enduring Eye' exhibition for visitors who are hard of hearing. A portable loop system will be available.
Tuesday 31 October
Free. Book 'Accessible tour October' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
A described tour of the 'Enduring Eye' exhibition for visitors who are blind or partially sighted.
Tuesday 7 November
Free. Book 'Accessible tour November' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
General tour of the exhibition
Stills photographer David Grinly heads this tour of our 'Enduring Eye' exhibition. Leading an informal discussion, he will explain the techniques and historical context of the images on display.
Wednesday 25 October
Free. Book 'Photographer-led exhibition tour' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Guided tour of the Library
Enjoy a guided tour of the building and introduction to the National Library's collections and history. Our Library is the largest in Scotland and a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.
The tour will last approximately 50 minutes. Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.
Saturday 18 November
10.00 and 11.30
Wednesday 13 December
Free. Book a guided tour on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.