Historic art library

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time we have closed all of our research rooms. During this time we're not taking bookings for individual appointments or group visits.

Location: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Open by appointment: Closed
Contact: [email protected]

The Historic Art Library (formerly held at the Scottish National Gallery) covers art from the early 14th century to early 20th century, reflecting the Scottish National Gallery's art collection.

This library holds approximately 50,000 volumes of monographs, catalogues raisonnés, exhibition and sales catalogues, public and private collection catalogues, journals, photographs, slides, board minutes, as well as files for the artworks in the permanent collection.

Search the Library catalogue.

The Scottish National Gallery Library’s journal collection is included in the SUNCAT online catalogue.



Book a visit

First-time visitors will be asked to show some form of ID such as a passport or driver's licence.
There is wheelchair access to the library via a lift. 

Groups of up to 10 are welcome to visit the library.
Group visits should be pre-booked at least four weeks in advance.

+44 (0) 131 624 6357 or +44 (0) 1316246501

[email protected]