An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.

Anatole France

This is the place to find out exactly what makes Edinburgh such a literary capital.  Read about Edinburgh's contribution to the world of books; find out about the tours that run through the city; check out the bookshops - chains, independent and antiquarian.  Have a look at our interactive map, featuring just a few of Edinburgh's literary landmarks:  use it as a starting point for your own journey around our city.

Edinburgh is full of great literary organisations where people in the city can get involved with words.  The National Library of Scotland recently underwent a major redevelopment to make it more accessible to the public, and the Writers' Museum showcases three of the country's finest writers: both are free and open to the public. 

In the growing Literature Quarter on the Royal Mile nestles the Scottish Storytelling Centre, home to a brand-new theatre and bright cafe as well as creative exhibitions and events, and the Scottish Book Trust, our national agency supporting readers and writers. Further down the hill sits the Scottish Poetry Library, the light and welcoming home to a vast selection of poetry books and pamphlets, which regularly brings in poets for evening events.

Scotland's publishing industry is thriving, and Publishing Scotland, based in Edinburgh, has information for publishers and writers as well as housing, Scotland's online bookshop and literary resource.  If you are in Edinburgh, you can borrow books at any one of the 26 lending libraries, part of a network of 140 library and information services that are housed in the city.