Libraries in Edinburgh

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Libraries in Edinburgh

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  • Susan O
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    I love using the NLS. It’s a fabulous library for its collections, building, exhibitions, small shop and cafe with delicious cakes. The staff make you feel really welcome.
    Written March 10, 2022
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  • Paul K
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    Great collection of armed forces memorabilia, friendly staff, great exhibitions including the trenches and the encampments! Nice selection of vehicles including an APC "Armoured Personnel Carrier" awesome cafe, well worth visiting in this part of Scotland
    Written August 8, 2021
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  • Bean-astair
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    I use this facility regularly, and have done so since 1984. It has developed and improved a very great deal since I first used it, and beats most countries' corresponding service into a cocked hat in a distant corner.

    It is well organised and makes the information quickly and easiy accessible. You pay £15 for a day and you get a desk with a computer terminal and a socket for a laptop and access to all the statutory records of births, marriages and deaths and the census. You can print out (at an additional charge) birth certificates more than 110 years old, marriage certificates more than 75 years old, death certificates more than 50 years old, and census records, or you can just transcribe them. If you are struggling with the system, or having trouble deciphering something, the staff are very helpful.

    Incidentally SunTanScott who complained in his review about being ripped off was factually incorrect. Contrary to what he claimed, you cannot view births less than 100 years ago on either of the Irish sites he mentioned. For online access to the GRONI site he mentioned the cost per certificate is £2, and you cannot save or print it, and it expires after a few weeks, while the cost of the corresponding certificate from Scotland's People online is £1.50, and you can save it or print it and view it indefinitely. You only have to pay the (admittedly hefty) fee for a certificate from Scotland's People if you choose to get a certificate of an event more recent than the cut-off dates. If you are in a Scotland's People Centre there is no additional charge if you transcribe the information in-house, even after the cut-off dates.

    There is an in-house cafe with a modest menu, and there are changing exhibitions in the main bulding which are free of charge. The building itself warrants a visit just to see the inside of the dome, and of the Historical Search Room upstairs.
    Written July 6, 2019
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  • Malgorzata
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    Constructed in 1937-40 by John A W Grant, this grand-looking and really beautiful public building comprises both art deco and art nouveau stylings in its design. Sculptor Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson was commissioned to provide a carving for above the main doorway on the corner of Murdoch Terrace and Dundee Street. Fountainbridge Library was officially opened at 3pm on Monday 11th March 1940. The library replaced an early books repository dating from the 19th century. That building stands out prominently among the surrounding tenements of Fountainbridge. It is a great place. A refurbishment in 2016 . Stunning building.
    Written December 17, 2019
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  • Matthew S
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    I wouldn't book a computer hear again or advise anyone does. One of the members of staff kept coughing and none of the windows by the computers were open.
    Written May 22, 2021
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