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!
As well as being the largest library in Scotland they host a range of exhibitions relating to their collections, and all of them are free. There is an eclectic mix of topics from movies to maps, and other things that don’t begin with m. None of the exhibitions are huge; it only takes an hour or so for a wander around.
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 on 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 – it is fantastic opportunity to experience something new, whether it is the future of the free press in Scotland or the history of American presidential inauguration speeches.
There is also a lovely 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 too, wander right past without realising the treats contained inside.