Search and browse NLS resources

At the search box, choose 'NLS websites only' to search web pages on this National Library of Scotland site along with the Scottish Screen Archive and SCOTBIS Online sites.

Choosing the option 'NLS catalogues and resources' means you are searching our main catalogue and selected other NLS catalogues, databases and sites. More about the catalogues and resources search service


Summary of these resources:


  • About the main catalogue
    The main catalogue has over four million records, covering most of our printed material, recent music items, printed maps and atlases and some manuscript maps. Search the main catalogue
  • Catalogues, databases and indexes
    Some collection items are not listed in the main catalogue, but you can find details of them in other catalogues, databases and indexes. Some of these resources also list material found in other Scottish libraries and elsewhere.
  • Manual catalogues
    Find out about catalogues that aren't online, but which you might find useful if you are visiting our reading rooms.

Search and browse digitised material

  • Digital gallery
    Explore our growing range of special web features. See items scanned from our collections. Read books and manuscripts online.
  • Licensed digital collections
    Thousands of subscription journals, books and websites are available for you to use free online if you have an NLS library card. Others are available to everyone.
  • Maps of Scotland
    Search the Maps of Scotland website, or browse lists of maps and mapmakers. Thousands of maps from our collections are freely available for you to use.
  • Scottish Screen Archive access catalogue
    Search the records of Scotland's moving images archive catalogue. You can watch films and film clips too.
  • SCOTBIS Online
    The website of the NLS Business Information Services has searchable databases that are useful to Scottish businesses and to anyone looking to start up a business. The site also has details of search services that SCOTBIS can offer.

Search and browse web pages

  • Subjects A-Z list
    We have listed here some of the main subjects on the site to help you find particular topics and pages.
  • Site map
    Browse a list of pages in the main section of the website, or use the site search box.


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