Person NameScotland; National Library of Scotland; Edinburgh; 1925-present
ActivityThe National Library of Scotland originated as the private library of the Faculty of Advocates, Edinburgh. The Advocates Library had been formally opened in 1689 at the instigation of Sir George Mackenzie fo Rosehaugh, King's Advocate. From 1709 the library enjoyed the privilege of claiming under the Copyright Acts a copy of every book, map and piece of music printed in the United Kingdom, which continued after the formation of the National Library Scotland. In the 1680's Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, King's Advocate, instigated the establishment of a legal library, although history, criticism and other topics were included. The Faculty of Advocates Library was formally opened in 1689. In 1709, the library was made a Copyright Library with the right to a copy of every work published in Great Britain. By 1925 the library had become the greatest repository of Scottish books and was transformed into the National Library of Scotland. The National Library of Scotland Act 1925 vested the management of the Library in a Board of 33 Trustees. The Advocate's library was originally housed in a building at the north-east corner of Parliament House. Following a fire in 1700, the library was moved to the Laigh Parliament Hall. The present building, on George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, was opened in 1956. On 1 June, 1965, the Scottish Education Department took over from the Scottish Home and Health Department responsibility for functions relating to the National Library of Scotland.
Corporate NameNational Library of Scotland
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