Our permanent exhibition 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.
From early printed books to video installations, maps and medieval manuscripts to passports and letters, this changing display reflects ideas and innovation, creativity and social change from across the centuries. The showcases feature interactive displays, localised audio tracks, archival film footage and specially commissioned new writing and film in partnership with Neu! Reekie!
Entry to Treasures exhibition is free, and suitable for all ages, with text in English, Gaelic and Scots.
Due to the precious and fragile nature of the items, the exhibits will change throughout the year. You can find out about key items on display, as well as listen to our Treasure podcasts, view new creative works and read a poem written by the Orkney Scriever.
You can see our displays and exhibitions at our George IV Bridge building in Edinburgh.
The exhibition space is open during the following hours:
Monday: 10am to 7pm.
Tuesday: 10am to 7pm.
Wednesday: 10am to 7pm.
Thursday: 10am to 7pm.
Friday: 10am to 5pm.
Saturday: 10am to 5pm.