National Library of Scotland


The National Library of Scotland is Scotland's largest reference library. As a legal deposit library we collect a copy of every item published in the UK and Ireland, free of charge, whether in print or digital formats. This creates the National Published Archive, which is the home of our published cultural heritage. Local publications are an important and often unique part of this collection. If you have produced any publication, no matter how small, we would be delighted to hear from you so that we can add them to our collections.

The collection numbers 24 million items, including manuscripts, maps, music, film, newspapers and journals, books and leaflets, websites and Twitter pages. It is your collection, and they are available here for all to use. Please visit our website at or contact Jennifer Giles ( or phone 031-623-3910) for more information.


George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW



Jennifer Giles
Curator (Scottish Communities and Organisations)

Events List

Date Title Town/City
5 June, 2024 - 10:00 Looking for Nurses and Midwives in your Family Edinburgh
24 November, 2021 - 15:00 Maps for Family and Local History online
15 May, 2020 - 10:15 Scottish Maps Forum Day Seminar Perth
12 March, 2020 - 14:00 SLHF-NLS Annual Lecture: Alexander Bain: The Real Father of Television Edinburgh
20 April, 2018 (All day) Scottish Maps Forum Seminar Glasgow
27 April, 2016 - 18:00 Iolaire Edinburgh
13 October, 2015 - 18:00 Gaelic at the National Library of Scotland - from collecting the past to collecting the future Oban