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 Library's departments of

  • Art and Design
  • Edinburgh and Scottish
  • Music
  • Reference.

Access our special collections

Contact Special Collections at Central Library to arrange a time to view items.

When you visit, please bring photo ID, such as a passport, and another document giving proof of address, like a recent utility bill.

Special collections online

Find out more about our unique collections and browse some of our most prized items

Special Collections

Address: Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EG

Telephone: 0131 242 8042