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National Library of Scotland

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A quiet place to meet in central Edinburgh: A Level 15 Experience

When the streets of central Edinburgh are jammed with people staring into their hand devices, this... read more

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Alastair L
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Reviewed yesterday

When the streets of central Edinburgh are jammed with people staring into their hand devices, this is a lovely (quiet) place to meet. There's a real sense of community here and always something going on: exhibitions, talks and lots of chat in the downstairs cafe...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were informed that this library has a collection 7 million books, 14 million printed items, over 2 million maps, copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the letter which Charles Darwin submitted with the manuscript of Origin of Species, the First Folio of Shakespeare and numerous...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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NLS_Visitor_Services, Visitor Services Team Leader at National Library of Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your positive feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us!

Reviewed September 28, 2018

Fantastic library with a lovely cafe and shop. There is some exhibition space which is free to see, If you want to see the library itself you'll need to register, which is both free and easy with ID.

Date of experience: September 2018
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NLS_Visitor_Services, Visitor Services Advisor at National Library of Scotland, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2018

Thank you durham05, glad to hear you enjoyed you recent visit!

Reviewed June 21, 2018

Brought up on the works of Muriel Spark (thanks to a teacher who had a Ph.D in her oeuvre), I just had to come here for the centenary exhibition 'The International Style of Muriel Spark'. This turned out to be brilliantly curated and cleverly displayed....More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed May 17, 2018

This is one of the rare attractions in Edinburgh which stays open until 8:00pm on weekdays. I came here specifically to see the exhibition on Muriel Spark which was very informative and well-put together. Even the staircase was designed to display her face. Interestingly enough,...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum and especially the Muriel Spark exhibition which was the initial reason for us to go there.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

Needed access to computer due to family issue on holiday. Staff directed us to library across road who couldn't have been more helpful Lee libraries!!

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 7, 2018

I visited especially to see the Muriel Spark exhibition and was very impressed with the presentation of the items on show. There was plenty of information about Muriel Spark and her life and books. She kept a great deal of paperwork which included letters from...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed March 24, 2018 via mobile

Always check in because they do exhibitions. This time about Muriel Sparks books. Always very high and professional standard. Loved it. Gift shop and café available as well.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 18, 2018

I hadn't heard of Muriel Spark but my wife had. So we visited this exhibition and I was drawn in when I realised she'd written 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'. Even so it's an interesting exhibition as she lived an interesting life. Just the...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its
labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests
this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly
visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers
that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the
place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as
the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal
Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the
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Response from Donsfan99 | Property representative |
If you are researching your Scottish family history, the National Library of Scotland has a wide range of resources in our collections to help you. I suggest you visit our family history pages on our website and send us... More