Learning resources

These resources have been specially designed to support classroom teaching using National Library of Scotland collections.

Scott's last expedition

Scott's last expedition looks at items in NLS polar collections relating to the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913, and includes discussion points.


Great escapes

Salen Hotel painting

Use 'Great escapes' to learn about an early travel guide 'Handbook for Travellers to Scotland', an insight into tourism in Scotland in the mid-19th century. Follow the teacher notes for running a cross-curricular local studies project in your area.

Curriculum for Excellence areas: People, Place and Environment


Read all about it

A downloadable teachers pack. Draws on the National Library of Scotland's unique collection of newspapers, which range from the first broadsides of the 17th century to the tabloid press today.

The pack was designed for teaching pupils working within the 5-14 Curriculum for Environmental Studies, English, Maths, Geography and ICT, but is still useful for teaching 'A Curriculum for Excellence'.


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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.

David Livingstone

Portrait of David Livingstone

Examine items about David Livingstone's life and work and discuss what meaning they have today.

Library favourites

Paula Williams

Paula Williams introduces items from Captain Scott's last expedition collection. Watch video

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