Library Social: A programme of events for people affected by dementia
The 'Social' programme is a joint initiative between the National Library of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, and the National Museums of Scotland. Visitors with dementia, plus their friends, families and supporters are welcome to attend these regular Friday morning sessions. Events at the Library take place in our George IV Bridge building on the second Friday of each month, with refreshments provided. Meet at Information Desk.
A taste of honey: Bees and bee-keeping
Friday 8 June
Free. Book for 'Library Social' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Writing workshops, Edinburgh
In May we are running a series of workshops in Edinburgh for aspiring writers.
Discovering family history
Have you discovered the outline of your family history? Come to our workshop to find out how to use the Library's huge range of resources. If you plan to register for a library card, please bring evidence of identity with you.
Monday 11 June
Getting started at the Library
Find out how to search and request material from our collections and use the eResources. This workshop lasts around 90 minutes and includes a tour of the General Reading Room. If you plan to register for a library card when you visit, please bring evidence of identity and confirmation of your address, e.g. a passport and current driving licence. If you have specific access or other additional needs, please let us know when you book.
Wednesday 13 June
Free. Book 'Getting started' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Discover maps online
Discover the wonders of our collection of over two million maps — find everything from town plans to star charts, early atlases to the latest digital mapping. Over 180,000 of these maps are available on our map images website. This introductory talk will last around an hour. It will be followed by a 30-minute supported session to help you get the most out of the maps website. To take part in this session, you will need to have registered for a library card.
Wednesday 23 May
Venue: Maps Reading Room, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PH — see Causewayside location map.
Free. Book 'Discover maps online' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Maps for family and local history
Find out how maps can help with your family history or local history research. Learn about the range of historical maps held at the National Library, and the information they provide. Includes an introduction to the Maps Reading Room.
Saturday 2 June
Friday 22 June
Venue: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW — see George IV Bridge location map. Please meet at the Information Desk.
Free. Book 'Maps for family and local history' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Guided tour of the Library
Enjoy a guided tour of the building and introduction to the National Library's collections and history. Our Library is the largest in Scotland and a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered. The tour will last approximately 50 minutes. Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.
Saturday 23 June
10.00 and 11.30
Free. Book a guided tour on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.