Welcome to the History subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.
The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's historic and special collections, including rare books and manuscripts, University of Edinburgh archives, personal and institutional archives, Lothian Health Services Archives (LHSA), University of Edinburgh PhD theses, art collection, musical instrument collection and a wide range of other museum objects from geological specimens to anatomical models.
The CRC are based on the 6th floor, Main Library.
The collections in the CRC are considered exceptional and one of the greatest in the world and some of the iconic items in these collections include:
Detail from a page of the Celtic Psalter, 11th C. © The University of Edinburgh.
See images from more of the University's iconic items.
The CRC hold theses presented for most higher degrees at the University of Edinburgh.
All University PhD's in the print collections have been digitised, thereby making unique Edinburgh research (around 25,000 PhD's) available to all.
Bullet found in thesis during the digitisation project.
Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) holds the historically important local records of NHS hospitals and other health-related material. LHSA are part of the Centre for Research Collections (CRC).
The University of Edinburgh is home to around 200,000 artefacts, works of art, potted material, models, specimens, musical instruments and scientific apparatus. Some collections support scholarly research, while others are used daily as teaching collections. Some collections are on permanent display, such as the Musical Instrument collection at St. Cecilia's Hall, and are open to the public as well as staff and students at the University, whilst others are held in public or private spaces around the University and are used for exhibitions both within the University and outwith.
The University of Edinburgh Image Collection display highlights of the resources of the University of Edinburgh Library, principally from within Special Collections. At present there are almost 12,000 images available.
Collections include: Hill and Adamson, the Salvsen Collection, Walter Scott Collection, Western Medieval Manuscripts, the Laing Collection, Oriental Manuscripts and Images from the School of Scottish Studies.
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The National Library of Scotland is Scotland's largest library and the world centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. One of five legal deposit libraries in the UK it is also one of the major research libraries in Europe and their collections range from rare historical documents to online journals, covering every subject.
You must register to join the National Library of Scotland. Do check their website for information on types of ID required before visiting.
National Museums Scotland has the largest museum library collection in Scotland. Their library services support the research and learning needs of Museum staff, visitors and the wider external research community. There are two libraries which have public access - the Research Library in the National Museum of Scotland (the main reading room) and the National War Museum Library.
Various projects and teams within the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) are also on social media: