Visit us on World Book Day

The first Atlas of Scotland - a volume published by Dutchman Joan Blaeu in 1654 - will be out on show for World Book Day at the National Library of Scotland on March 4. Rarely on open display for conservation reasons, this Atlas contains textual material, recently translated for the Library from the original Latin, which provides a detailed and valuable depiction of life in 17th-century Scotland. Map Collections staff will be on hand from 10.00 to 16.00 to discuss the Blaeu Atlas and to help visitors explore the wealth of digitised maps (including the Atlas) on the Library's website.

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As part of our activities for the day, guided tours of our George IV Bridge Building will take place frequently between 10.00 and 16.30, giving visitors a chance to see parts of the building seldom accessible to the public. Tours are free, and each will last around 30-45 minutes. (There are a lot of stairs in our building, so if you would like to visit and you have impaired mobility, please contact us to discuss beforehand: E-mail or phone 0131-622 4807.)

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World Book Day is an annual global celebration of books and reading, with events this year in the UK and Ireland ranging from exhibitions and book fairs to competitions and parties.

Although encouraging children to read is the principal aim, participating organisations are also promoting books and reading 'for the personal achievement of all'. Full details are at

WBD 2004 illustration by Axel Scheffler

26 February 2004

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