National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

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  • August 20, 2017
    Along with others who have been to the library recently - the Shackleton Antarctic expedition exhibition really is a must see. We sat through the 12 minute Staffa work (music and film on 3 screens) wh...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    What with cafe, shop, and exhibitions always a good visit. As others described the current polar exhibition is a stunner if compact in floor area.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Stumbled upon this building, which is near the National Museum of Scotland, showing a special exhibition on Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition. The library houses milliions of volumes but is app...  more »
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  • The building construction began in 1938, interrupted by the Second World War, and was completed in 1956. The architect of the structure was Reginald Fairlie and the architectural sculptor was Hew Lorimer. The coat of arms above the entrance was sculpted by Scott Sutherland. It houses so many valuable historical documents and artefacts.
  • A beautiful library. I attended during the map exhibition which was truly fantastic. Some of the areas feel like you are in a hospital, but the reading rooms are the gem of the place. TIP: Register for a card and you can get access to the reading rooms yourself!
  • Welcoming place with interesting exhibits. Nice cafe with friendly staff.
  • Incredible place So much to see and do And all for free !! However food outlets are a bit on the expensive side There is something for everyone too from history science animals A good half day visit if not longer
  • You can ask for just about any magazine and book a time to view. Seems a bit stuffy but the staff are really helpful.

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