National Library of Scotland

7 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW

The National Library of Scotland is Scotland’s largest library and is one of the UK’s only Legal Deposit Libraries. It invites you to take this opportunity to learn more about the collections and the history of its impressive building on George IV Bridge.

On Sunday 26th September come and have a look behind the scenes (Covid-19 regulations permitting), including a visit to ‘The Void’, a rarely seen area beneath George IV Bridge. Full details of how to book a free Doors Open Days visit can be found below, but there’s also lots to do online too if you can’t make it along in person.

You will be able to explore and discover hidden nooks in the Library’s Causewayside and George IV Bridge buildings through videos and virtual tours (see the video and links below) and on Saturday 25 September, you can enjoy a free ‘Researching your house history’ workshop.

Doors Open Day 2021 — Causewayside building – YouTube

Doors Open Day 2021 — Conservation studio – YouTube

Doors Open Day 2021 — The Void – YouTube

Visit the National Library’s workshops and tours page from 3 September for further booking details. More information about Doors Open Days activities at the Library can also be found here.

Visit in Person

The National Library of Scotland will host limited capacity tours of George IV Bridge on Sunday 26 September.

See their events page from 8 September for further details and how to book. Attendees to adhere to 1m social distancing and wear face masks for the duration of their tour.

If you are passing-by the National Library on Saturday 25th September, on the way to other Doors Open Days venues, you are also invited to pop-in and visit the Library’s current free exhibition, ‘Petticoats and Pinnacles’, celebrating the lives of pioneering Scottish women climbers.





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Edinburgh and East Lothian Doors Open Days is supported by:

Arnold Clark Community FundHinshelwood Gibson TrustEuropean Heritage DaysScottish Civic TrustUrwin Studio Edinburgh Web Design

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