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National Library of Scotland – Not just dusty books

I have to confess that I walked past the National Library pretty much every day for ten years before I went inside – I had no idea what I was missing out on!

It may seem pretty obvious what the building holds but as well as being the largest library in Scotland they also host a range of exhibitions relating to their collections, and all of them are free! 

My favourite bit of the library though is their events. A couple of evenings a week there are free lectures between 18:00 and 19:00. They cover a wide range of topics, some tie into the exhibitions on the go and others to various history months or topical events. I love getting to hear experts discuss their chosen topics and learning a little bit more about history or current affairs. 

There is also a great wee café and book shop inside to take a break after exploring the exhibitions.

The Library is just off the Royal Mile, so most visitors, like I used to, wander right past without realising the treats contained inside.

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National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh

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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 20:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 14:00 - 17:00




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