National Library of Scotland

Last updated 24th March 2009 
Name of library  National Library of Scotland
Address  George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW
Telephone  0131 226 4531
Fax 0131 622 4803 
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Contact & Job Title Ms Cate Newton,  Director of Collection Development
Purpose & main user community of the library Admission by reader’s ticket for reference use only.
Terms of access  
Opening hours Reading rooms open M-F 09.30-20.30; Sa 09.30-13.00 
Disabled access Wheelchair access 
Lending to other libraries & visitors Lending of ILL stock via Inter-Library Loans service. No personal lending. 
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Special Collections Blairs College Library: ca. 27,000 volumes, pamphlets, and over 50 mss. On a wide range of subjects, with Roman Catholic theology predominant, deposited in 1974 by the Trustees of St. Mary’s College, Blairs, Aberdeen. Cathedral of the Isles Millport Collection: ca. 750 volumes on liturgical works and works relating to the Episcopal Church in Scotland, deposited in 1979 by the Cumbrae Trust. Cowan Collection: 1,117 volumes and 4 mss. Mainly on liturgy and church ceremony. Cox Collection: 222 items on temperance and Sabbatarianism. Crawford Collections (Bibliotheca Lindesiana) – include separate collections of: Ca. 600 Church briefs published between 1755-1827; Borghese Collection (ca. 8,000 broadsides and pamphlets relating to the administration of Rome and Papal states between 1550 and 1700); Reformation and Lutheran tracts (ca. 1,500 pamphlets written by Luther and other German reformers and published in C16); Indulgences (69 Roman Catholic documents dating C15?17), all currently deposited in the Library. Dietrichs Collection: Part of the collection of Georg Septimus Dietrichs, Senator of Regensburg; amongst its ca. 100,000 items there is a large number of C16 tracts written by German reformers. Dowden Collection: ca. 900 volumes and mss. On general theological subjects on deposit from St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. Drygrange Collection: ca. 2,300 volumes on Roman Catholic theology and church history from St. Andrew’s College, Drygrange, deposited in 1886. Episcopal Church of Scotland Theological College, Urquhart Collection: ca. 200 theological pamphlets, deposited 1993. Fort Augustus (St. Benedict’s Abbey) Collection: ca. 7,000 volumes and mss. On a wide range of subjects, in particular Roman Catholic theology, church history, and liturgical works. Gray Collection: ca. 1,500 volumes and 39 mss., mainly on theology, Latin and Greek classics, mostly C16-17, deposited in 1961 by the Town Council of Haddington. Haxton Collection: 127 volumes of C16-17 Bibles and portions of the Scriptures. Jolly Collection: 2,976 volumes mainly on theological subjects dating C16-19, formerly part of the collection of Alexander Jolly, Episcopal Bishop of Moray, deposited in 1958. Oban Cathedral Collection: 129 volumes dating C16-20, mainly Roman Catholic theological and liturgical works, deposited in 1994. Orrock Collection: 41 volumes of mainly C17 theological works. Perth St. Ninian’s Cathedral Library: 75 volumes, mss. And ca. 3,750 pamphlets on theology and the Episcopal Church in Scotland. Preshome Chapel Library: ca. 4,700 mainly theological works from the Chapel House, Preshome Banffshire, deposited in 1975. Protestant Institute Collection: ca. 570 volumes on canon law, Roman Catholic and Protestant theology dating mainly C17-19, acquired by the Library in 1997, after formerly being on deposit. Scottish Catholic Archives Collection: ca. 160 volumes and six mss. deposited by the Scottish Catholic Archives; the works date C15-19, and are mostly continental works of Roman Catholic theology. 
Manuscripts Church of Scotland Board of World Mission and Unity Records: foreign missions, records of former Continental, Colonial and Jewish Committees. Robert Wodrow’s mss.: C17 – early C18 Presbyterianism. Iona Community Papers. For other collections of personal papers, see the HMC publication Papers of British Churchmen, 1780-1940 (London, 1987).  
Research resource  Missionary studies, Scottish ecclesiastical history
Catalogue Type  Computer
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Other facilities  Full reprographic service
Full Time Staff  227
Part Time Staff  50
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  See the Library’s strategy document “Breaking through the Walls” available on our website at
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