NLS Modern Collections – Printed and Digital

About this Resource

The National Library of Scotland’s printed and digital modern collections number at least 14 million items, and account for around 93% of its published collections. They include all types of material, such as newspapers and journals, pamphlets and books, leaflets and programmes, annual reports and society transactions. They come in all formats, including websites and e-publications. Most importantly of all, they cover every subject you can possibly imagine. If there is something you are interested in, then the National Library will have material.

As part of this the Library collects Scottish publications as comprehensively as possible, and as a result its collections include material produced in, or about all parts of Scotland and its communities, and on every possible subject.

The breadth of the published collections is largely to do with the legal deposit privilege, which dates back to 1710. This allows the Library to request a free copy of everything published in the UK and Ireland, which is then retained in perpetuity. The joy of this is that this includes everything – nothing is too ephemeral, slight, or local. Publications are simply collected and are made available for use.

In addition to physical collections, which have to be consulted onsite, the Library subscribes to many online databases, most of which can be accessed remotely free of charge (see https://auth.nls.uk/eresources). It has also digitised selected material in its collections and these can be found on the Library’s website at https://digital.nls.uk/gallery.

Organisation

This resource is held by:

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Resource Details

Resource Type

Primary
Secondary
Online/Digitised
Oral
Sound
Images/Photographs
Maps
Film
Newspaper
Catalogued
Meetings/Events
Artefacts

Subject

Agriculture & Horticulture
Archaeology
Architecture, Surveying and Town Planning
Art
Business & Commerce
Crafts
Crofting
Ecclesiastical & Religious
Economic
Education
Emergency Services
Emigration
Fashion
Gaelic
Gender & Women
Genealogy
Gypsy/Travellers
Historic Buildings
Imperial & Colonial
Intellectual/Philosophical
Islands
Manufacturing
Maritime (navy, lighthouses, commercial shipping, and fisheries)
Medicine & Public Health
Military & War
Mining
Monument/Graves
Scots (Scottish dialects)
National Dress
Political & Diplomatic
Science & Technology
Social Movements
Social Work
Sports
Tartan
Television, Media & Film
Textiles
Transport
Urban History
Utilities
WWI
WWII

Geographical Coverage

Era

1900 - 1945
1945 - 2000
2000 - present

Access

Open to public: see website for opening hours

Online Availability

Remote access available

Official Records

Census
Electoral Roll
Military Records
Valuation Roll

Location

George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
EH1 1EW

Other Information

Entry last updated: May 3rd, 2018

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