It provides a unique insight into Scotland’s history, culture and people and its place in the world.
At the Library we collect and preserve the memory of the Scottish nation on behalf of the people of Scotland.
This exhibition reflects ideas and innovation, creativity and social change from across the centuries. It features objects from early printed books to video installations, and from maps and medieval manuscripts to passports and letters.
We worked with Neu! Reekie!, a prize-winning literary collective, to invite artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers to create new work inspired by Library treasures. Explore these artistic responses online and in the exhibition.
Learn about a selection of the items on display at present in the exhibition, including: