The National Library of Scotland is Scotland’s largest library. We preserve the memory of the nation with collections that span 1,000 years of history right up to the present day.
While our doors are closed, we invite you to take a virtual field trip of the Library.
Watch our introductory film about the National Library of Scotland:
Take a virtual tour of the National Library's main building on Edinburgh's George IV Bridge.
Explore our library building at George IV Bridge in Edinburgh, wander through the book stacks, walk through our Visitor Centre and discover our two reading rooms.
The Visitor Centre tour:
The General Reading Room tour:
The Special Collections Reading Room tour:
You can also see these tours on our Google Arts and Culture page.
If you have a question about your visit, see if you can find the answer on our website or you can Ask a Librarian online.
Visit the Learning Zone to take a deep dive into the Library’s collections with accompanying curriculum-linked learning resources. Highlights include themed resources on Oor Wullie, the plague, maps and Scotland's coastal communities.
Plus! Did you know we also have the Moving Image Archive in Glasgow? Browse through hundreds of archive films and delve into our curriculum-linked learning resources on the Scotland on Screen website.