Treasures displays at the Library

The treasures displays in our George IV Bridge building are a small sample of the millions of items in our collections. We change the display several times a year.


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'"Sun pictures" and beyond: Scotland and the photographically illustrated book, 1845-1900'

Photograph of a Glasgow close

Items from the National Library of Scotland's Rare Books collections are on display to showcase 19th century photographically illustrated books relating to Scotland.

With items dating back almost to photography's invention in 1839, the display includes illustrated Scottish literature, architecture, guidebooks from the era, and Scotland's photographers overseas.

'Sun-pictures' and beyond

From 30 November 2016 to 26 March 2017.

Treasures display opening hours


Treasures display opening hours:

Monday to Friday: 10.00-20.00
Saturday: 10.00-17.00
Sunday: 14.00-17.00

See also: public holidays

Admission: free.



Past treasures displays

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.

See the 'Past treasures' page to view previous displays.


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