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Libraries will be closed on Friday 18th and Monday 21st April. Normal weekend opening hours apply on 19th and 20th April (apart from Newington Library, which will remain closed for essential building work)

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Delve into history by exploring every Scotsman newspaper published between 1817 and 1950. The perfect resource for school projects or family and local history enthusiasts!

Family and local history

Trace your family history
Capital Collections
Find pictures of Edinburgh on our online image library
Family history guide
Guide on how to research your family tree
John Johnson
An archive of printed ephemera
Our Town Stories
Edinburgh's history in images and maps
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Over 50 000 life stories
Pencils of Light
Early Edinburgh photography
Scotsman Digital Archive
1817 - 1950
Images, audio and video of Edinburgh and beyond
Whose Town?
Interactive Edinburgh history resource for schools