William Shakespeare

Our Digital gallery has early editions of Shakespeare plays, plus learning ideas for schools

Scots plague buik

Read about symptoms and advice relating to treatment of the plague in the first Scots medical book — printed in 1568.

Kelvin Hall film

Martin Scorsese, Ian Rankin
and others invite you
to support our
Kelvin Hall Campaign

Catch 'Plague!'

Our 'Plague!' exhibition reveals the history of deadly infectious diseases in Scotland

Access our world-class collections

The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. We are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance.

You can see collection items online, and hundreds more digital resources may be available if you register. Anyone can get a library card to consult material in our reading rooms.


The National Library of Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC011086

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Learning zone


The Learning zone — ideas and resources for exploring our collections

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