National Library of Scotland

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George IV Bridge

Scotland's largest library and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. Thanks to our UK legal deposit status, we are also a vast reference library.

Further information

Opening Hours:

General Reading Room: Monday - 09.30-20.30 Tuesday - 09.30-20.30 Wednesday - 10.00-20.30 Thursday - 09.30-20.30 Friday - 09.30-20.30 Saturday - 09.30-13.00 Closed: Sunday


Free admission to Reading Rooms, exhibitions and workshops. Some events are chargeable.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Library with public access
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas

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