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11 December 2015 to 29 May 2016
Learn about Scotland's history of contagions in our exhibition.
Understand how the country was ravaged by pustular horrors, including the black death, cholera, typhus, smallpox and other plagues.
We also highlight the range of reactions to them: by government, in literature and religion, in folklore and the press, and by science and medicine.
- Now showing: 'The book beautiful' — 26 November 2015 until 13 March 2016
View a small sample of the many treasures in the National Library of Scotland's collections. From hand-written documents to printed books, maps, musical scores, bindings and other art work.
All our treasures are important pieces of Scotland's cultural heritage. Some are unique. Some are beautiful. Some are huge. Some are tiny. Some are rarely seen in public because their age makes them fragile.
Throughout the year we change the theme of the treasures display, bringing to light more of the millions of items we hold.
Read more about our treasures displays
The John Murray Archive
The writers and thinkers of John Murray's publishing firm shaped the modern world through their works of literature, science, exploration and politics.
This exhibition draws on material from the John Murray Archive. It uses state-of-the-art exhibition technology to bring to life the work and lives of a selection of the publisher's most influential figures.
Learn how they contributed to one of the greatest periods of human progress and creativity. See if you could publish your own international bestseller.
Opening times for exhibitions at the Library
Monday to Friday: 10.00-20.00