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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Self-service photography trial — Special Collections

Chat service

Chat online, Monday-Friday, 14.00-16.00 and 18.00-20.00

Year of Food and Drink

Each month we publish a historic recipe to mark the Year of Food and Drink 2015

Learning zone


The Learning zone — ideas and resources for exploring our collections

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