A behind the scenes tour of the incredible wealth of rare material on the Water of Leith villages and Edinburgh, from earliest records.
Central Library's Edinburgh and Scottish Collection includes books, photos, press cuttings and maps about Edinburgh generally and also specifically about our area, many kept carefully behind the scenes. Iain Duffus the Librarian will show us some of the rare gems they hold (like the first Bible printed in Edinburgh, and early editions of Burns) but also many items about our own area collected over the years.
This is a specially arranged visit during which there will be the chance to explore the awesome book stacks, see some of Scotland's first newspapers from the eighteenth century, and browse selected local items laid out for us to enjoy. Benefit, too, from Iain's knowledge of resources for family and local history: some available to borrow, some for reference only.
If you think you know what Edinburgh's Library is all about... think again! Book your session and meet in the front lobby of Central Library just before 2.00pm or 3.00pm. There are two sessions to allow small group access to the book stacks.
Edinburgh Central Library
7-9 George IV Bridge