Help preserve the memory of the nation

The National Library of Scotland is a learning hub for students, academics, researchers, writers, school children, tourists and the general public. Every day thousands of people look at items from our archives both in our reading rooms and online. With a collection spanning from the 4th Century to the modern day, the Library prides itself on collecting, preserving and sharing knowledge with the people of Scotland and the world.  

A gift from you means that, wherever you are in the world, you will be able to study and enjoy Scotland’s collections.

Your support will allow us to

  • Acquire important items for our collections
  • Promote and share the collections through our popular exhibition and events programmes
  • Preserve and care for our material, safeguarding it for future generations
  • Digitise our collections to make them globally available
  • Create educational resources and workshops for school children and adult learners

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland preserves the memory of the nation with collections that span the centuries, from earliest times to the digital age. Our collections document the influence of Scots at home and abroad, while reflecting the ideas and cultures of the world.

They cover all aspects of human endeavour in multiple formats, including books, manuscripts, archives, websites, maps, music, moving images and sound. We are the custodians of over 26 million items held in trust for the people of Scotland.

Registered Scottish Charity number SCO11086

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