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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 NLS 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 NLS.


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Research tools
Access to an extensive range of research tools when you register.

Web features
NLS websites featuring collection items with interpretation and background information.

What's in the collections
Information on what NLS holds and is recommended for learning audiences.

Digital images
Online access to a large selection of digital images.


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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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