National Museums Scotland Library


National Museums Scotland Library Services

We have produced a current Library Services leaflet, detailing the services and collections that are available in the Research Library at the National Museum of Scotland and the library housed in the National War Museum Scotland based at Edinburgh Castle.

We are very keen that your members are aware of the resources we have to offer and would ask that you encourage them to come and use the service. The library is happy to have group visits by arrangement.

The archaeology collection is of national importance and is often considered to be among the finest in Scotland, with material on North West Europe that is unavailable elsewhere. It aims to be comprehensive in its Scottish coverage, extensive in its British coverage, and is especially significant in its breadth, including excavation reports and material on Egyptology

We hold a wide range of journals from all areas of Britain and Europe, many from local, regional and national history/archaeological societies.

Scottish history and archaeology items in our special collections include notes, sketches and journals, often relating to objects in the museum collection; and the archives of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

The Research Library now holds the finding lists of the Scottish Life Archive which includes original photographs, news clippings and references illustrating Scotland’s material culture and social history.

Only a small percentage of our collection is on open shelves, so we would advise that you contact the library in advance to make sure we have the material available for your visit. Our contact details are e-mail:; phone: 0131 247 4137).


National Museum of Scotland Library, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH11JF
0131 2474137


Mark Glancy
Library Services Manager
0131 2474258

Events List

Date Title Town/City
1 December, 2023 - 09:00 The Scottish Interior Edinburgh