The Library is based in the National War Museum within the walls of Edinburgh Castle.

Its collection of 11,000 volumes (both monographs and journals) concentrates on all aspects of Scottish military history from 1660 to the present day.  Particular strengths are the collection of regimental histories and holdings of the Army Lists from the 1740s. Related subjects include medals, campaign histories, uniforms, weapons and biographies.  The library holds a microfilm copy of the Duke of Cumberland’s papers.

Please contact us in advance to make an arrangement to visit or to enquire about our collections and we will do our best to help.

The National War Museum Library is currently open to the public on Tuesdays 10am – 1pm.

We run workshops on Tracing Your Military Ancestors each November – please contact the library for more information.

  • 79th Cameron Highlanders from Sketches and studies of the 92nd 72nd and 79th Highlanders.

    79th Cameron Highlanders from Sketches and studies of the 92nd 72nd and 79th Highlanders.
  • Colours of the Highland Light Infantry from Old Scottish regimental colours, 1885.

    Colours of the Highland Light Infantry from Old Scottish regimental colours, 1885.
  • Military History Workshop at the National War Museum Library.

    Military History Workshop at the National War Museum Library.
  • The Battle of Alexandria, 21 March 1801, from Prints of British military operations 1066-1868.

    The Battle of Alexandria, 21 March 1801, from Prints of British military operations 1066-1868.
  • Title page from the book A Representation of the cloathing of His Majesty's household and of all the Forces upon the establishments of Great Britain and Ireland, 1742.

    Title page from the book A Representation of the cloathing of His Majesty's household and of all the Forces upon the establishments of Great Britain and Ireland, 1742.
  • Captains from Costume of the Royal Navy and Marines, 1833.

    Captains from Costume of the Royal Navy and Marines, 1833.
Contact us

National Museums Scotland Library Services
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF
Tel: 0131 247 4137
Fax: 0131 247 4311
Email: library@nms.ac.uk

National War Museum Library
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh EH1 2NG
Tel: 0131 247 4409

Opening hours
Tuesday 10:00–13:00