Writing A Year at the Library
with Marjorie Lotfi Gill
From August to October we are running a series of creative writing workshops in Edinburgh. Each workshop is led by poet Marjorie Lotfi Gill and is open to all aspiring writers.
Free. Please note that these workshops can only be booked online. Read more about the writing workshops
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.
Tuesday 14 August
Thursday 13 September
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 15 August
Wednesday 12 September
Free. Book 'Getting started' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
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. Please meet at the Information Desk.
Midsummer music and Lammastide lore
Friday 10 August
Going to the pictures: A selection of film clips from the Moving Image Archive
Friday 14 September
Free. Book for 'Library Social' 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 8 September
Venue: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW — see George IV Bridge location map. Please meet at the Information Desk.
Free. Book for 'Maps for family and local history' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Open Book: A weekly shared reading group
This shared reading group is open to everyone. Drop in to our café to explore fiction and poetry in a relaxed, informal setting. There is no need to read or prepare anything in advance. Each session is facilitated by a volunteer from the Open Book project.
Every Tuesday, from 28 August onwards
Free. No need to book, just come along on the day.
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 around 50 minutes. Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.
Saturday 18 August
10.00 and 11.30
Tuesday 11 September
Free. Book a guided tour on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Edinburgh Doors Open Day: George IV Bridge
To mark Edinburgh Doors Open Day, you can come on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Library. Learn more about the history of our impressive building, and visit the 'void', a rarely-seen underground space below George IV Bridge. Tours will last around one hour. Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.
Saturday 29 September
9.30, 11.00, 12.30, 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00
Free. Book for Doors Open Day George IV Bridge tour on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Edinburgh Doors Open Day: Causewayside
Join us on a tour to explore the Library's site at Causewayside, Edinburgh. An iconic piece of modern architecture, our Causewayside building has recently undergone major renovation. Learn more about the building's history and the range of Library activities that take place here, including acquisitions, cataloguing, conservation, digitisation, map consultation and storage. Tours will last around one hour. Numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Please let us know if you have special access requirements.
Saturday 29 September
10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30
Free. Book for Doors Open Day Causewayside tour on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.