Need to do some research for a term paper? Then the National Library of Scotland with its journals, newspaper, books, manuscripts, music and free WiFi is the place for you to go.
The headquarters is a rectangular building situated in the middle of George IV Bridge, but departments of the library are distributed over the city centre. The main building contains several reading rooms, a lovely shop and a café serving delicious snacks such as panini, cakes and a soup of the day. Additionally, you can have a look at the alternating free exhibitions.
I’d recommend visiting the library only if you have a purpose. For entering one of the reading rooms you have to get a library card, which is free but it takes about 15 to 20 minutes to make it. And then there are very few books you can access directly, as you have to order most of them from the basement. It can take up to one hour until your book arrives. So if you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll be a little lost.