National Museums Scotland Library

About this Organisation

National Museums Scotland Library covers the same wide range of subjects as the Museum itself, including Scottish history, Northern European and classical archaeology, the history of science and technology, world cultures, natural sciences, Scottish military history and decorative arts and design.

The library holds the institutional archive of the Museum and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. We also hold the papers of individual antiquarians, naturalists, artists and explorers.

The library is open to the public, no appointment is necessary, but it is helpful if you contact us in advance so that we can have material ready for visitors to consult.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00, closed on public holidays.


Organisation Type

Museum Library or Archive


National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Entry last updated: May 3rd, 2018

Resources Available

Title Description Type
Scottish Life Archive

The Scottish Life Archive collects, records and preserves documentary and illustrative evidence of Scotland's material culture and social history.

It was established in 1959 and the majority of the collection dates from the 1880s to the present day, but there is some material dating from 1700. The archive includes aspects of Scotland's rural, urban, maritime and industrial communities ... read more

Primary, Secondary, Online/Digitised, Images/Photographs, Maps, Film, Newspaper, Catalogued, Artefacts

Please note that links to websites and catalogues are provided by the Organisations listed and not maintained by Scottish Local History Forum.