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From original literary manuscripts to contemporary Scottish theatre you can explore Scotland's creative past and present, or use the collections to inspire your own, and others', creativity.

Learning resources

Specially designed to support classroom teaching using Library collections.

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'The Ideas Factory' resource is an interactive online workshop to help students plan their story before they start writing.


Samuel Smiles

The 'Heroes' resource offers a series of cross-curricular lesson plans bringing history and citizenship together with drama inspired by Samuel Smiles, one of the first 'self-help' gurus.


Alasdair Gray

The Alasdair Gray 'Themes in focus' resource looks at the creative processes used by the Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray through sources from the Gray archive at the Library.


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Library video guides

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Watch our video guides to find out how to access National Library of Scotland resources from home, school or in person.

Library favourites

Sally Harrower

An introduction to the 7:84 Scotland Company theatre archive. Watch video

Library learning for you

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