Discover the treasures of Central Library

Our special collections

Central Library has acquired many rare books, maps and images since the library opened in 1890.  Our collections date from the 1400s onwards and reflect the special departments of Reference, Edinburgh and Scottish, Art and Music.

How to access our special collections

Contact Special Collections at Central Library to arrange a time to view items. Please bring photo ID such as  a passport, plus another document giving proof of address like a recent utility bill, when you visit.

You can find out more about our unique collections and browse some of our most prized items online.

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