Behind the lines
Our major exhibition brings you personal stories of Scots who experienced the First World War
Explore the collections
From medieval manuscripts to e-books, our extensive world-class collections have something for everyone
View and read online
Discover books, posters, letters and more among the thousands of items in the Digital gallery
When you visit
Enjoy drinks and snacks in the café, browse and buy in the shop, and register for a library card in the Visitor Centre
- Main catalogueFind details of books and more
- Family historyGuide to family history research
- Moving imagesWatch archive footage online
- Map imagesSee thousands of digitised maps
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