National Museums Scotland

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel: +44 (0)131 247 4137

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About the library

National Museums Scotland library was founded over 235 years ago with its roots in the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. The library collection now consists of over 300,000 volumes reflecting the strengths and variety of the Museum's collections and research interests. Subjects covered in the collection include:

  • Archaeology
  • Scottish history and culture
  • World-wide decorative and applied arts
  • Natural sciences
  • Scottish military history
  • History of science and technology

The local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. For further information, see details the Library website: Research Library and National War Museum Library.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit National Museums Scotland Library's contributor page on the Archives Hub for information.


Information about library locations - see 'Finding the libraries'.