National Library of Scotland

National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW
  • Box office 0131 623 3734
  • Opening times Exhibition opening hours: Mon–Fri 10am–8pm; Sat 10am–5pm; Sun 2–5pm
  • Website www.nls.uk
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National Library of Scotland

Scotland’s largest library is located in the Old Town and holds a wide array of information on Scotland's knowledge, history and culture, with millions of books, manuscripts and maps covering every subject. The library hosts occasional events such as workshops, panel discussions and debates.

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There are 6 events at this location

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Look Again: Film Heritage

Rediscover old films with screenings presented by Sheena MacDougall. Presented by the National Library of Moving Image Archive.

Fri 5 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

Part of TradFest Edinburgh.

Look Again: Gaelic Heritage

Abigail Burnyeat (Edinburgh University Celtic and Scottish Studies) and Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, University of the Highlands and Islands) explore famous tales of Scottish Gaelic culture and who could be telling them now.

Tue 2 May

Look Again: Landscape

Stuart McHardy traces ancient myths in the archaeology of landscape, while John Murray explores how ecology and poetry combine in Litreachas Na Tìre (Literature of the Land).

Mon 1 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

Part of TradFest.

Look Again: Scots Heritage

A storytelling and song session with Karine Polwart and Hamish MacDonald.

Wed 3 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

Part of TradFest Edinburgh.

Look Again: The Jacobites

Donald Smith shares the background to his new Jacobite novel Flora McIvor, while John Malcolm and Stuart McHardy interweave songs and history about the Jacobites.

Thu 4 May

Free / 0131 623 3734

Part of TradFest.

Staffa

Staffa is a work for full orchestra and large screens depicting three simultaneous visions of the uninhabited Hebridean island of Staffa created by BAFTA and Grierson award-winning filmmaker Gerry Fox and acclaimed composer Ned Bigham. The piece pays homage to Mendelssohn's famous 1829 visit to the haunting Fingal's…

Thu 17 Aug

Free / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Fri 18 Aug

Free / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Sat 19 Aug

Free / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

…and 8 more dates until 27 Aug

Reviews & features

National Library of Scotland flooded

11 Sep 2007

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) was flooded on Monday night after the sprinkler system broke down. As Scotland’s largest library, NLS holds 13 million books and priceless documents, including the Gutenberg Bible. Some 11 firefighters with…

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