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National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

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  • We were directed by the Story Telling House to the library for a talk / show about the Scottish language and its history. Fantastic story tellers and singers, just would like it to have been a bit lon...  more »
  • This visit was for research purposes and my first use of this facility. Online searching of the catalogue was straightforward and contact by email beforehand enabled me to have material waiting my arr...  more »
  • If you like maps, get to this exhibit! If you want to learn about maps, go to this exhibit! Good for kids, too. Have a coffee in the cafe. Libraries are a nice place to get out of the tourist circuit.  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 It houses so many valuable historical documents and artefacts.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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