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Gutenberg Bible on show for one day only
The Gutenberg Bible will be on display at the National Library of Scotland for one day only, on Thursday 22 November.
One of the world's most treasured books, it was produced in Germany in the 1450s by Johannes Gutenberg.
This was the first major book to be printed in Europe using moveable type. It caused a sensation when it first appeared at the Franklin Bookfair in 1455, and has gained in significance since then.
A selection of other books printed before 1501 — known as 'incunables' — will also be on show alongside the Library's copy of the Gutenberg Bible.
The free display runs from 10.00-16.00 in the Library's George IV Bridge building.
20 November 2018
Exhibition explores Scotland after the Armistice
a demobilised solidier.
Scottish life after the First World War is the subject of a major exhibition at the National Library of Scotland.
'A Better World?' explores many aspects of what happened in Scotland after the Armistice was signed on 11 November 1918.
As well as demobilisation and commemoration, the exhibition looks at the struggle for better living and working conditions. It also covers the changing political landscape and the emerging Scottish cultural and political identity during the 1920s.
Exhibits include rare or unique items held in the Library's collections. Among them are letters, photographs and personal mementoes of those directly impacted by four years of conflict in Europe.
Visitors are invited to reflect on on what life would have been like for those who survived the Great War.
16 November 2018
Partnership agreement with Glasgow University
A programme of greater collaboration has been agreed between the National Library of Scotland and the University of Glasgow.
The Library has more research collaborations with the University than with any other Scottish higher education institution.
This new agreement ensures that both organisations continue to deliver innovative partnerships in research, teaching, access to collections, knowledge exchange, public engagement and outreach.
Representatives of both research bodies signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Library's premises at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.
Read more in the Glasgow University partnership media release.
15 November 2018
Library Search — a new way into the collections
From 29 October, an online service is available that provides wider searching across the National Library of Scotland's collections.
'Library Search' presents, for the first time, a single search interface for finding details of printed, manuscript and archival items, and for accessing digitised collections. Included in the search are high-quality electronic resources from a range of publishers.
Registered Library members can also log in to:
- Access some of the Library's eResources
- View details of items they've requested in advance of a visit to the reading rooms
- Receive notifications when requested items are ready for consulting.
'Library Search' replaces the 20-year-old main catalogue. Making this change puts the National Library of Scotland in good company. Thousands of academic and national libraries round the world already use a similar service.
29 October 2018
Frederick Douglass and the fight for freedom
The compelling story of the USA's most famous freedom-fighter is told in the National Library of Scotland's new display.
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was born into chattel slavery in Maryland, USA. When he was aged just 20 he escaped, and began his life-long anti-slavery campaign.
After publishing his first autobiography in 1845, in which he 'named and shamed' his white slave owners, Douglass fled to Britain. He was one of many anti-slavery campaigners to live and work in Scotland.
'Strike for Freedom' displays material from the Library's collections alongside loaned items from the Walter O and Linda Evans Collection. Together they present a picture of Douglass's commitment to social justice. This commitment was shared by his family: two of his sons had distinguished military careers during the American Civil War.
Walter and Linda Evans have collected over 100,000 items relating to African American authors and artists, including letters, books and manuscripts. Many of the exhibits from their collection are on show for the first time.
The display runs until 19 February. Read more in the Frederick Douglass display media release.
28 September 2018
An invitation to join the Library's Board
at an 'away day'.
Up to four new members are being sought for the Board of the National Library of Scotland.
The Scottish Government and the Library are looking for enthusiastic people with particular experience in fundraising, widening access, human resources, and finance and resource management.
Appointments are for a period of four years from 1 March 2019.
The appointees will be part of the Library's leadership in the run-up to the organisation's centenary in 2025.
Read more about the Board appointments.