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.


Now showing …

'The book beautiful'

Close up of an ornate book

The National Library of Scotland's next treasures display celebrates the beauty of the printed word.

Choice books from 19th and 20th century private presses will be matched with some of the earliest printed books in the Library's collections.

The display includes the only blockbook in the Library's collections, alongside texts ranging from the 15th and 16th centuries to the 20th century.

All ten books on show are meticulously-designed, handcrafted masterpieces, and some of the most beautiful books ever made.

'The book beautiful' treasures display

From 26 November 2015 until 13 March 2016

Treasures display opening hours


Coming soon …


Detail from a portrait of William Shakespeare

Shakespeare 400

Enjoy Shakespeare's 400th anniversary with a display of materials from the Library's collections.

March to June 2016


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 and festive opening times

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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