National Library of Scotland

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Edinburgh EH1 1EW


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The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is the largest library in Scotland and one of the major research libraries in Europe. Its collections range from rare historical documents to online journals, and it specialises in Scottish history and culture. A guide for researchers can be accessed at In addition to printed works, the NLS holds manuscripts and other primary sources of value to the study of Dumfries and Galloway, such as the Maxwell of Monreith muniments and the letters of Joseph Train to Walter Scott. Some material useful for ethnological study has been digitised, and can be found on the Library’s website, for example the ‘Word on the Street’ collection (, which contains nearly 1,800 broadsides dating from between 1650 and 1910.