National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • A good place to work. You will need to register to access the reading rooms. This does not operate like a normal library (cannot take books out, cannot bring certain items into the reading rooms). Perfect for academic research but maybe not for more classic library enquiries. The Central Library across the road would be better for that. Good café and nice regular exhibitions downstairs.
  • During our trip to Edinburgh and walking through this beautiful city we have noticed an advert in the window of Scottish Central Library, which made us to believe that ongoin exhibition might be devoted to Persian culture...We came closer and to our biggest surprise under the clearly Persian picture with a saying in Farsi we read the name: "Free treasures display. Images of India"... The description is stating:" this display showcases images of India"... is it?! I must say I am not very good in history but I did not hear that Iran or even Greater Persia has ever been a part of India, sorry if I am mistaken... I think whether it should be called differently referring to ancient South Asian region or otherwise used really Indian images...
  • A very nice old classic library. Wonderful to just stroll around if you like libraries and books
  • One of the great libraries in UK. Really helpful staff, a wonderful collection and work facilities and at the ground floor frequently changing exhibitions, bookshop and a cafe with scrumptious cake.
  • 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 It houses so many valuable historical documents and artefacts.

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