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National Library of Scotland

George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW, Scotland
+44 131 623 3700
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Muriel Spark exhibition

An interesting exhibition, busy on a rainy Saturday so it was hard to see everything. A lot of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Treasure house

I visited the library to do research and I found it a great place to work. The library has a wealth... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2017
County Kildare, Ireland
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George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting exhibition, busy on a rainy Saturday so it was hard to see everything. A lot of information set out in a small space .... but I learnt a lot about Muriel and came away with the intention to read more of her books.

Thank 37Wyatt
Reviewed 28 December 2017

I visited the library to do research and I found it a great place to work. The library has a wealth of historical collections, I was using the archive of the publisher John Murray. The staff are really friendly and very helpful and the special...More

Thank mairekennedybooks
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Having just read about Shackleton, we were delighted to find this exhibit at the National Library. The pictures by Frank Hurley brought to light the hardships that the crew of the Endurance experienced on their expedition to Antarctic region. The presentation of the pictures and...More

Thank Trainbook
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We popped in while passing from curiosity and found a small exhibition on Martin Luther and the reformation, but little else of interest. There is a café and from time to time major exhibitions are staged, so perhaps we chose the wrong time to visit....More

Thank Jeff1903
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

We dropped in for a much needed cup of tea at 5pm and were delighted to discover that if we “upgraded” to a mug and paid an extra 50p, making an amazing total of £2.50, we could have a slice of cake/shortbread/scone with butter and...More

Thank SusanRead
Reviewed 1 October 2017

We visited the National Library while waiting for the National Museum to open and delightfully found the engaging exhibit of photographs from Shackleton's journey. Waiting for the exhibit to open, I became the owner of a library card to this national treasure, a legal deposit...More

Thank DAndrews_0316
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is a lovely building with exhibits, nice cafe and gift shop. It is also a library where one can read and inquire but not borrow. To enter the library you need a card. You can apply for the card on line from anywhere in...More

Thank Liamsmamo
Reviewed 7 September 2017

If you can, go and see the exhibition at the NLS at present of the incredible expedition by Shackelton to Antarctica as Hurley, the great Australian photographer, has rendered the day-to-day and the mundane as well as the great dramas of that near disaster in...More

Thank Kirkcaldylad
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We dropped in on a whim as we were walking by and saw the ads for the Shackleton Expedition. This turned out to be quite small but well curated with some interesting exhibits. We also had a look at the Staffa exhibition which was of...More

Thank ActRegular_traveller
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

A rather disappointing exhibition which revealed nothing new about Hurley and his photographic exploits.

Thank munrotop
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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15 April 2017|
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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