National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland / Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba has made part of its collections available online. These can be found under ‘Digital resources.’ Two categories contain digitized primary sources:

  • ‘Digital gallery.’ A large amount of material is available. They are sorted by subject category, but can also be browsed alphabetically. In addition, search options are available. Many different sources are present, such as books in Gaelic and other Celtic languages, 16th-century printed books from Scotland, Scottish printed music from the 18th and 19th century, photos of sporting events in Scotland in the late 19th century, videos from Scotland from the past 100 years, short song clips by Robert Burns, personal papers of Sir John Kirk (a British consul in Africa), details of officers who served in WW1 and WW2, and photographs of WW1 taken by Field Marshal (Earl) Haig. For each category there are different formats in which the material can be viewed and downloaded.
  • ‘Map images.’ This provides access to high-resolation zoomable images of over 91.000 maps. They date between 1560 and 1961, and relate primarily to Scotland, but there are also some maps of England and Great Britain, Ireland, and Belgium. There are various ways to browse or search these images.

The National Library of Scotland also has a digital library with a number of collections not present in the digital gallery, which is described in another EHPS entry.

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015 - 4:49pm
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