This guide is for you if you are:
- An undergraduate
- A college student
- A school pupil.
Video: A guide to resources at the National Library of Scotland for those studying for advanced highers.
From business to science, art and literature to history, psychology and sociology to engineering, we have many resources to help with your research and assignments.
Sign up for access to many electronic resources that you can use wherever you can get online.
If you visit our reading rooms, an even greater selection of books, journals, newspapers and more is available. Read more about using the Library.
Visits and tours
You can book a place at the monthly introductory workshops we run on Library services and resources. We also can arrange group visits for college students and staff.
You will find many useful sources of information online, including:
- Full-text newspapers and journals
- Full-text reference works
- E-books covering everything from business to science, art and literature to history, psychology and sociology to engineering.
Among other resources in our eResources, find:
- The JSTOR database with access to full text journals
- COBRA with guides to writing business plans and information on business legislation
- Credo Reference with access to encyclopaedias and dictionaries covering a range of subjects.
You need to register to access these resources and if you have a residential address in Scotland you can look at them wherever you can get on to the internet.
In Library Search you'll find titles of books, journals and newspapers that we have in the collections.
You can search using various filters to find out if the item you are looking for is in the Library.
To consult the item you need to register for a library card to visit the reading rooms.
The Digital gallery has material from the Library's collections which has been digitised such as:
- Films in the Moving Image Archive
- Historic maps of Scotland
- Manuscripts, rare books, photographs, posters and much more.
From polar exploration to women's suffrage in Scotland, from Scottish science fiction to Shakespeare, the Learning zone will help you find subjects you want to learn more about.
Sign up for online and reading room access
Register for remote access to our online resources if you live in Scotland or if you want to look at books, journals or newspapers in the Library.
You can choose to have the Library's newsletter emailed to you monthly with information about new online resources, additions to the Library's collections, and events.
Ask us about anything you're not sure of or that you haven't found online. Use our online enquiry form.