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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Playing Shakespeare: 400 years of great acting

Theatre programmes

Celebrate 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare with the National Library of Scotland's treasures display.

The display focuses on the actors who brought Shakespeare's immortal characters to life, from the original Globe theatre to the 21st century.

Items from our theatre and Shakespeare collections showcase a starry cast of some of the most famous Shakespearean actors of the last four centuries.

'Playing Shakespeare' treasures display

From 17 March until 12 June 2016

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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