Edinburgh is a mad god's dream.

Hugh MacDiarmid


Books and events for free. What more could a book lover want?

There are a whole host of reasons to have a library card, not least to borrow books from throughout Scotland (via inter-library loans). The library network also offers free events, community information, ethnic servies, interpretation and translation services, information on mobile libraries - need to go on?  Discover your nearest library, and join in with the book groups and regular events run there.

Or go to www.edinburghlibrariesagency.info to find out about other libraries in Edinburgh. This site lists over 140 libraries and other organisations, from big libraries with international reputations to small, specialist information centres.

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is a major European research library and is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots - an information treasure trove for Scotland's knowledge, history and culture.

The Library's collections are of world-class importance and their Map Library is one of the world's largest. Key areas include rare books, manuscripts, maps, music, official publications, business information and science and technology. The National Library holds well over 13 million items, including printed items, approximately 100,000 manuscripts and nearly 2 million maps. Every week it collects approximately 6,000 new items via Legal Deposit. That's a lot of shelving...

It holds many of Scotland's literary treasures including the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, written six hours before her execution; the Order for the Massacre of Glencoe 1692; the world's greatest collections of Sir Walter Scott and Thomas Carlyle manuscripts; works of Robert Burns; Robert Louis Stevenson papers; a Gutenberg bible (1455); the Murthly Hours (late 13th C); and modern collections of Scottish writers.

Visit them online at www.nls.uk to find out about all their collections, search for a book or take a look at their digital library and read a rare first edition online.