Library Search is a new National Library of Scotland service which will replace the main catalogue and provide wider access to our collections.
It will bring together, in a single search, details of our printed, manuscript and archive, moving image and digital collections, as well as high quality e-resources and databases from a range of publishers.
Library Search is scheduled to be in place by November 2018.
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What you can search
Included in Library Search are:
- More than five million records from our print collections, including books, maps, journals, newspapers and music
- Almost five million electronic legal deposit items
- Records of 35,000 items from our archives and manuscript collections
- Hundreds of thousands of digitised resources from our collections, including digitised books, maps, photographs, posters, music, and films from the Moving Image Archive
- Millions of articles from full-text newspapers, journals and reports
- Thousands of electronic books, including many reference works
- Millions of records and abstracts from online services, digital archives and databases.
Benefits — what you can do
The new service brings several benefits. You can:
- Refine searches by format, subject, year, etc
- Access a wide range of electronic resources
- Request materials for consultation in our reading rooms
- Receive notification when items you've requested are ready for you
- Review your borrowing history.
Who can use Library Search
Anyone can use Library Search.
To request materials for consultation in our reading rooms or to access our electronic resources, you must be a registered member of the Library and have an email address associated with your Library account.
Disruption to service
While we prepare to make Library Search available there will be occasional disruption to our services, and we ask that you bear with us while we complete this important work.
From 18.45 on Tuesday 23 October, you will not be able to request an item in the usual way using our main catalogue, but will still be able to do so in person at the Library or by emailing email@example.com.
Online requests will resume on Monday 29 October.