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

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

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 websites

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