Science and technology

Scotland's scientists made some of the most important discoveries that helped us to understand the world and invented some of the technologies we rely on today. Scottish science is still at the cutting edge of scientific development.

National Library of Scotland collections can introduce the scientists of the past and support the study of science today.


Learning resources
Specially designed to support classroom teaching using our collections.

Portrait of Robert Adam

Discover the work of Robert Adam, one of Scotland's most important architects.


1950s girl at technology display

Find out about some of the pioneering Scottish women of science.


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

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


Learning Zone main page



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.

Medical history of British India

Francine Millard

Learn about the medical history of British India. Project manager Francine Millard introduces this fascinating project at the Library. Watch video.

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