'We will encourage and promote research and education as a defining characteristic of the Library.' [2015-2020 strategy]
Research enables us to understand our place in the world today, and also to learn about our history and heritage.
The fact that the Library's collections relate to every conceivable field of study means that we have resources which can support any individual's research.
Our collections can be relevant and valuable to different people in different ways — from academics and students to artists, creators and amateur family historians.
Research as the key to the Library's collections
The National Library is now in its third year of hosting a Fulbright Scholar, with the support of the American Patrons of the National Library and Galleries of Scotland.
Dr Juliet Shields, the Fulbright Scholar for 2016-2017, came to the National Library of Scotland from the University of Washington in Seattle to undertake collections-based research relating to 19th-century Scottish women writers.
- '… the National Library has amazing
collections [of] printed rare books and manuscripts not available
anywhere else in the world … they really reflect the development
and material history of Scotland'
— Dr Juliet Shields.