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National Library of Scotland

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Free entry and interesting exhibit

Fantastic library with a lovely cafe and shop. There is some exhibition space which is free to see... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2018
Durham, United Kingdom
They really know how to put on an exhibition here!

Brought up on the works of Muriel Spark (thanks to a teacher who had a Ph.D in her oeuvre), I just... read more

Reviewed 21 June 2018
Banbury, United Kingdom
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 13 July 2015

We were looking for an old book referred to in many articles we researched on our family genealogy. The librarian at the Scotland People Genealogy Research Library did a quick search (so helpful and kind) and found the book at nls. You have to fill...More

2  Thank Beth W
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 29 September 2015

NLS gets a lot of positive reviews. This may be due to the range of books and other resources it holds that is unrivalled in Scotland. Fair enough. However, being the king of the castle in terms of resources is no excuse for treating your...More

3  Thank Max B
Donsfan99, Front of House Team Leader at National Library of Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 26 October 2015

Hi Max, Thanks for your comment. As a National Library we have a responsibility to make our collections accessible to all while also ensuring the preservation and security of the collections so that they are available for current and future generations. This dual aspect of...More

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Reviewed 29 September 2018

Fantastic library with a lovely cafe and shop. There is some exhibition space which is free to see, If you want to see the library itself you'll need to register, which is both free and easy with ID.

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NLS_Visitor_Services, Visitor Services Advisor at National Library of Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you durham05, glad to hear you enjoyed you recent visit!

Reviewed 21 June 2018

Brought up on the works of Muriel Spark (thanks to a teacher who had a Ph.D in her oeuvre), I just had to come here for the centenary exhibition 'The International Style of Muriel Spark'. This turned out to be brilliantly curated and cleverly displayed....More

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Reviewed 17 May 2018

This is one of the rare attractions in Edinburgh which stays open until 8:00pm on weekdays. I came here specifically to see the exhibition on Muriel Spark which was very informative and well-put together. Even the staircase was designed to display her face. Interestingly enough,...More

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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum and especially the Muriel Spark exhibition which was the initial reason for us to go there.

Thank Sonja S
Reviewed 18 April 2018 via mobile

Needed access to computer due to family issue on holiday. Staff directed us to library across road who couldn't have been more helpful Lee libraries!!

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

I visited especially to see the Muriel Spark exhibition and was very impressed with the presentation of the items on show. There was plenty of information about Muriel Spark and her life and books. She kept a great deal of paperwork which included letters from...More

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

Always check in because they do exhibitions. This time about Muriel Sparks books. Always very high and professional standard. Loved it. Gift shop and café available as well.

Thank Cora B
Reviewed 18 March 2018

I hadn't heard of Muriel Spark but my wife had. So we visited this exhibition and I was drawn in when I realised she'd written 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'. Even so it's an interesting exhibition as she lived an interesting life. Just the...More

Thank PeterQ008
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

I have looked forward to this exhibition of the Muriel Spark exhibition and I was not disappointed. Colin McIlroy gave us a fantastic in depth tour of what was on show. I cannot thank him enough for a most interesting afternoon. Very much appreciated.

Thank Davidfirving
Reviewed 24 February 2018

My first time in this library, drawn in with the Muriel Spark Exhibition Very well laid out and the custodians were very helpful . Not to busy when I went in a lot of correspondence to and from Muriel which was quite interesting . The...More

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Response from Donsfan99 | Property representative |
If you are researching your Scottish family history, the National Library of Scotland has a wide range of resources in our collections to help you. I suggest you visit our family history pages on our website and send us... More