National Museums Scotland Library collections

The NMS Library, originally the Society library, has provided an update with regard to access during the project to renovate the museum.

The library is currently closed to the general public and is due to reopen in Summer 2011.  The new Research Library will have a collection of 30,000 books on open shelves (including our collection of titles on archaeology and Scottish history); 100 periodicals on display; 6 PCs; and spaces for 12 readers.  The remainder of the collection will be on closed access in other parts of the building and can be retrieved on demand.

In the meantime the library and its staff are located in temporary offices, but they do have one reader's desk that can be reserved.  As building work progresses the Library gains increased access to its collections' stores. It now has full access to the periodicals collection and to special collections and archives (including the archives of the Society dating back to 1780). 

Archaeology book stock is also currently being transferred from another storage site back into the Chambers Street site. The online catalogue is being updated daily to reflect the improving availability of items. 

Fellows of the Society are still welcome to visit and  use the reader space during this closure period, but they may wish to contact the Library in advance to discuss the visit or to reserve particular items.  The contact details can be found on the library page of the Society's website.

Fellows can register with Library to borrow up to five items from the lending collection for four weeks. Renewals may be possible although items may also be recalled.

The manuscript collection and the historical records of the Society are all available for consultation. Finding lists for these collections can be accessed by clicking on "Special Collections - Finding Lists" on the top menu of the online catalogue.  Library volunteers are still working on this material, so the lists will be regularly updated.

Whether you can visit in person, or wish to contact by telephone, letter or email, the Library encourages you to use its services.

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