National Library of Scotland events are free and take place in our George IV Bridge Building, unless we state otherwise.
List updated: 1 August.
Special film screening: Festival films
To mark the 2018 Edinburgh festivals, we are screening films from the Moving Image Archive, containing footage captured at previous Edinburgh festivals. The films, from 1955 and 1970, offer a nostalgic look at the city during festival season, and give you a taste of what is available in the archive. More about the special film screening
Monday 13 August to Saturday 25 August (not Sundays)
Friday and Saturday: 10.00-16.00
Free. No need to book, just drop in.
On the first anniversary of the opening of the Queensferry Crossing, Bruce Keith gives an illustrated talk on his new book 'Bridgescapes'. He discusses how bridges not only represent significant engineering achievements, they also make a major statement in terms of architectural design and form part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and landscape heritage. The book celebrates the long and illustrious history of bridges within Scotland and the contribution Scottish engineers have made to bridges around the globe.
Tuesday 4 September
Free. Book 'Bridgescapes' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
A dirty swindle: True stories of Scots in the Great War
Take an uninhibited inside look at the First World War through a collection of 12 stories. Walter Stephen's 'A Dirty Swindle' provides a Scottish perspective to the reports from the front line and home, delving deeper to unveil an unencumbered truth. The varied accounts chronicle the progress of troops from recruitment to training to the front line, revealing the failures of those in command as the Great War became known as a dirty swindle.
Thursday 13 September
Free. Book 'A dirty swindle: True stories of Scots in the Great War' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Reflections on seven decades of nature conservation in Scotland
Andy Dorin of Scottish Natural Heritage presents a talk on Scotland's landscapes and nature and the struggle to protect them. He asks whether now is the time to renew the connection between people and nature.
Tuesday 18 September
Free. Book 'Reflections on seven decades of nature conservation in Scotland' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
The Whisky Muse, Vol 2
Robin Laing takes a lyrical tour of the history and lore surrounding Scotland's national drink. 'The Whisky Muse, Vol 2' is an ode to both whisky and the country where its stories began, with poems steeped in legend and songs to evoke the foot-stamping and rowdy camaraderie of folk tunes performed in a cosy tavern. Come along for many a tale of legend, adventure, chaos and love, all in tribute to Scotland's favourite tipple.
Thursday 20 September
Free. Book 'The Whisky Muse, Vol 2' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Transatlantic women in the archives
Explore the legacies of twentieth-century women writers in this event, which is part of the Transatlantic Literary Women series. Four speakers share their experiences of recovering the works and lives of women whose identities were shaped by both sides of the Atlantic. Join us to learn about Scottish explorer Isobel Wylie Hutchison, American novelist Edith Wharton, and Jamaican poet and broadcaster Una Marson amongst others. For more information visit the Transatlantic literary women website.
Tuesday 25 September
Free. Book 'Transatlantic women in the archives' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.