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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'The beautiful spirit of antiquity': Robert Adam and his influences

Front of Kenwood villa

Some of the National Library of Scotland's finest architectural books are on display to illustrate the work of Robert Adam, Scotland's most celebrated architect.

To mark the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016, our display moves from Renaissance Venice to Enlightenment Edinburgh and Grand Tour era Rome to show the influences at work on Robert Adam.

Adam blended the architecture of the ancient world with his own inspirations, creating the Adam style that propelled him to fame.

'The beautiful spirit of antiquity: Robert Adam and his influences'

From 16 June to 18 September

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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