National Library of Scotland


The National Library of Scotland is an information treasure trove of Scotland's knowledge, history and culture, with millions of books, manuscripts and maps covering every subject.

It is Scotland's largest library. As well as more than 15 million printed items, it has over 7 million manuscripts, around two million maps, and 25,000 newspaper and magazine titles. It receives roughly 5,000 new items every week, and have material in 490 languages.

The National Library of Scotland supports the work of academic researchers and also welcomes a diverse range of customers. Whether you are researching a book, learning about the lives of your ancestors or the life of Mary Queen of Scots or simply wish to enjoy free events or exhibitions, you may be surprised to discover that there is something for everyone there.

Exhibitions and Events

The year-round programme of free exhibitions and cultural events offers an excellent introduction to the collections and a surprising range of subjects and activities.

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Libraries & Information Services in Moray work in partnership with the NLS to make these collections more accessible to the people of Moray through free access to the website of the National Library of Scotland, through travelling displays, promotion of the services available to our customers and by providing information.

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