Learning resources

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


Getting started with Shakespeare

Illustration of Othello

Getting started with Shakespeare looks at a selection of characters, scenes and sonnets to help pupils get started in reading and understanding some of Shakespeare's work.


The Ideas Factory

Peter Arnott

'The Ideas Factory' interactive online workshop to help students plan their story before they start writing. Produced in conjunction with John Murray Archive writer in residence Peter Arnott. It can be used both for individual planning and as a tool for group work.


Themes in focus: Alasdair Gray

Themes in focus: Alasdair Gray looks at the creative processes used by Scottish writer and artist Alasdair Gray, using sources from the Gray archive. It can be used in individual study or as part of a group discussion.


Read all about it!

A downloadable teachers pack. Draws on the National Library of Scotland's unique collection of 'Read all about it!' pack PDF (1.44 MB; 66 pages)


This book belongs to me

A downloadable teachers pack inspired by our 2002 exhibition which celebrated over 300 years of children's literature, from Tom Thumb to Harry Potter. The resource pack was created in partnership with the Scottish Book Trust to accompany the exhibition.

It was designed to support the 5-14 Curriculum, but is still useful for teaching literacy and English.


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Library video guides

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Gaelic Bards of Keppoch

Gaelic text and manuscript detail

Explore the songs of two of Scotland's great Gaelic bards.

Information literacy

'Project Blaster' spaceman

Learn how you can build information literacy skills in the classroom through 'Project Blaster'.

Library favourites

Andrew Martin

Discover why Scots language is alive and well across all sectors of society. Watch video

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