With a library card you can use the National Library of Scotland's reading rooms in Edinburgh. Because we are not a lending library, you have to consult material in the reading rooms or, where available, online. Please read our terms and conditions before you visit.

We have four reading rooms in two buildings. We keep books and journals in both buildings and transfer them on request to the appropriate reading room by a regular van service.

We encourage you to preorder material where appropriate. There is information about this in each reading room section in this part of the website.


National Library of Scotland's main guilding

George IV Bridge Building

For new readers we offer a basic induction session on the George IV Bridge Building reading rooms and organise regular workshops.

We also have information on access and facilities at George IV Bridge for people with disabilities.


National Library of Scotland Causewayside building

Causewayside Building

  • Maps Reading Room — for maps, atlases, gazetteers, and cartographic reference books.

We also have information on access and facilities at Causewayside for people with disabilities.


Using the Library