The Research Library is the largest museum library in Scotland.
Founded 230 years ago with its roots in the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, it is now a modern research library with collections and services supporting and reflecting the strength and variety of the Museum’s objects, collections and research directions.
The collection includes:
Please browse our catalogue to find out more about the range of collections we have on offer.
National Museums Scotland participates in the SCURL Scottish Collections Policy.
The Library is open to visitors Monday – Friday during Museum opening times, 10:00-17:00. It is closed at weekends and public holidays.
The Research Library is on Level 3 of the National Museum of Scotland.
You may wish to contact us before you visit to request material, we can then have it ready for you to consult on your arrival.
The Library is based in our Museum within the walls of Edinburgh Castle. Its collections include monographs and journals on all aspects of Scottish military history since the 1600s.
Please contact us in advance to make an arrangement to visit and we will do our best to help.
The National War Museum Library is currently open to the public on a Tuesday 10am – 1pm.