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The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. We are a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance.

You can see collection items online, and hundreds more digital resources may be available if you register. Anyone can get a library card to consult material in our reading rooms.

The National Library of Scotland is a registered Scottish Charity. Scottish Charity No. SC011086

Upcoming Events at National Library of Scotland

Book of the 1980s: Alvin Toffler’s ‘The Third Wave’

Book of the 1980s: Alvin Toffler’s ‘The Third Wave’

17th December 2019
Join Graeme Hawley, Head of General Collections at the National Library of Scotland, for a fascinating discussion of Alvin Toffler's extraordinary work, The Third Wave.
Back to the future 1979-1989, the film

Back to the future 1979-1989, the film

18th December 2019
Back by popular demand for a single showing, this thought provoking film, which the National Library of Scotland ran during this year's Fringe, will take you through the 1980s in 50 minutes.

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