Libraries in Edinburgh
network of more than 100 public and academic libraries
boasts a broad range of materials to skim or scrutinize.
The National Library of Scotland [map] is one of the key institutions as it the country’s
only copyright deposit library, which means that a copy
of every book published in Britain must be held there.
Founded in 1925 it also holds a number of important historic
items including the last letter by Mary, Queen of Scots
On the opposite side of the same street in the city’s
Old Town is Edinburgh’s Central Library [map].
Built in 1890 the French Renaissance style building is
12-storey’s high and houses books for general lending
as well as a number of special collections.
The Edinburgh Room is where one of these special
collections is held. Browsing the large amount of material
about Edinburgh’s past and present in this reference
only section will give you an insight into the capital
through maps, illustrations, cuttings and more.
Central Library also boasts a fine art library,
a music library and a learning centre with free Internet access.
Founded in 1984, Edinburgh is also home to the Scottish
Poetry Library [map] . Their Canongate location is home to
a huge collection of contemporary, world and children’s
poetry and allows postal borrowing at 50p per item.
So whether you’re looking to flesh out the family
tree, brush up on your knowledge of Tartan, update on
your architecture facts or impress your friends by waxing
lyrical, Edinburgh’s libraries should be able to
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