Pressing forward

At the National Library, we delight in seeing the reactions of visitors to our exhibitions, in welcoming people to our reading rooms, and constantly turning the page on materials that make up the nation’s permanent collection. It’s a privilege to share in the discoveries made by people visiting the Library that help us all to […]

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19th-century engraving of Berwick-upon_Tweed

Curators’ Favourites: Reminiscences of Thomas Marshall of Berwick

The choice: Reminiscences of Thomas Marshall of Berwick, (Berwick-upon-Tweed, 1835) Chosen by: Graham Hogg, Curator (19th-Century Printed Collections and Photo-graphs), Rare Books, Maps and Music Collections Read or download this book from our Digital Gallery.  Welcome to the latest of our new fortnightly series where we introduce you to some favourites from our collections for you to enjoy reading, […]

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Zoom into the Orkney Islands

Orkney, or the Orkney Islands, is a group of 70 islands off the north coast of Scotland. They became part of Scotland in 1469 in lieu of an unpaid dowry from Norway.  Today Orkney is best known for its historic sites, the dive sites around the scuttled World War One German fleet, its birdlife, its food and drink, and the North Ronaldsay sheep who feed on seaweed. 

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Zoom Into Scotland

What is that building? Who is this street named after? Where do those gates lead?  With most of us spending more time at and around our homes, we are noticing things we haven’t spotted before. Whether you have lived there for a short time or for years there is always something new to discover. Many of us live away […]

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Curators’ Favourites: Tours of Scotland

The choice: Tours of Scotland  Chosen by: Kirsty McHugh, Curator, John Murray Archive & Publishers’ Collections  Read online at the Curious Travellers website   Welcome to the third in our blog series where we introduce you to some favourites from our collections for you to enjoy reading, all freely available online.    In this blog, rather than focus on a book from our digital gallery, we invite you to explore some of […]

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Curators’ Favourites: J. Leslie Mitchell’s The Thirteenth Disciple

The choice: J. Leslie Mitchell, The Thirteenth Disciple: Being Portrait and Saga of Malcom Maudsley in His Adventure Through the Dark Corridor. (London, 1931). Chosen by: Ian Scott, Curator in General Collections Read or download this book from the Lewis Grassic Gibbon page on our digital gallery http://digital.nls.uk/lewis-grassic-gibbon-books/archive/205174226 where you will find this novel alongside […]

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#LetterstotheLibrary

I miss my library. Don’t we all? I’m a school librarian at Preston Lodge (PL) High School in Prestonpans, East Lothian, so my days are usually hectic (in a good way). Don’t get me wrong, they can still be hectic: my partner and I are working from home while homeschooling our children, age 4 and […]

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