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 take place at the Library on the second Friday of each month, with refreshments provided.
A year in the news: 1968
Explore the top news stories of 50 years ago.
Friday 9 February
The singing ceilidh
With singer-songwriter Christine Kydd.
Friday 9 March
Free. Book Library Socials on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Writing workshops, Edinburgh
In February and March we are running a series of workshops and events in Edinburgh for aspiring writers and critics.
Please note that there is a small charge for these events and that they 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 23 January
Wednesday 21 February
Monday 19 March
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.
Thursday 25 January
Thursday 22 February
Tuesday 27 March
Free. Book 'Getting started' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
Read all about it!
An introduction to online newspaper resources available on the National Library of Scotland
Did you know we offer access to newspaper collections online? From local to national, recent to historic, there are a wealth of articles, features and adverts available at your fingertips. If you are interested in learning how to use them come along to this presentation to learn searching tips and tricks. Discover what you can discover!
Thursday 1 February
Free. Book 'Read all about it!' 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.
Friday 26 January
Venue: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 !EW — see location map.
Free. Book 'Maps for family and local history' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
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.
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.
Wednesday 24 January
Wednesday 28 February
Saturday 24 March
10.00 and 11.30
Free. Book a guided tour on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.