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Directory of Rare Book Collections

We have over 60 named special collections of rare, early and special books.

These pages list the main collections. They will be updated as new collections arrive and as existing collections are catalogued.

Holinshed's chronicles

Our top 12 collections

Alphabetical list of rare book collections

Lord John Abercromby

Sir Edward Victor Appleton

Wystan Hugh Auden


John Stuart Blackie

Sigfus Blondal

William Speirs Bruce

Thomas Ryburn Buchanan

Alexander Cameron

Archibald Hunter Campbell

Hugh Cleghorn

Francis Albert Eley Crew

A. S. Cumming

Heiskell Darwin Collection

Decorated Paper

Andrew Duncan

Edinburgh College of Art Rare Books Collection

Edinburgh University Press

Faculty of Actuaries

William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn

Daniel Forbes

James Geikie

Forbes Gibb

Lewis Grassic Gibbon

William Ballantyne Hodgson

Arthur Berriedale Keith

Arthur Koestler

Hugh MacDiarmid

George Macdonald

Aeneas Mackay

Donald Mackinnon

Andrew Malkiewicz


Alexander McCall Smith

Karin Mcpherson

James Nairne

New College Library

New Zealand Collection

Private Press Collections

Publishers' Collection

David Goudie Ramage

General John Reid

Reid Music Library

Royal College of Surgeons

Royal Medical Society

Robert Bertram Serjeant

Session Papers

Duke of Sussex

John Thomson-Walker

Donald Francis Tovey

William Price Turner

Veterinary Library

Alfred Russel Wallace

William Montgomery Watt

Sophie Weisse

James Cathcart White