What is NLS?
Video guide 1
This video is an introduction to the National Library of Scotland (NLS), one of the great libraries of the world and the leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots.
NLS is one of six legal deposit libraries in the British Isles, with the right to request a copy of everything published in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
We hold millions of items in a variety of formats — from rare books, manuscripts, music and maps to photographs, films and digital collections covering virtually every subject. There are also exhibitions, events and workshops throughout the year.
Getting started at NLS
To help you get started discovering the treasure trove of information at the Library:
- Watch video guide 2 to find out how to find things in the Library.
- Watch video guide 3 to learn how you can access NLS resources remotely
- Watch video guide 4 to find out preorder books or get a library card if you visit in person.
We hope you find these videos a useful starting point for using the collections.