National Records of Scotland

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Search Rooms

Search Rooms

The ScotlandsPeople Centre has two search rooms in General Register House.  Each has its own unique style and character.

    Reid Room

    Reid RoomThis search room is named after the architect Robert Reid (1774-1856) who completed the work on General Register House in the 1820s after Robert Adam’s death.

    It is located just beyond the Adam Dome and Reid Stair on the ground floor of General Register House and can be accessed via the main entrance to General Register House or the Archivists' Garden.

    It has 36 bookable seats. Printers are on hand for customers to print off copies of historical documents for a fee.

    The Reid Room also provides:

    • One stand alone computer with access to Virtual Volumes and the Library catalogue;
    • Three adjustable desks for wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments. These seats can be booked online on our ScotlandsPeople website or by visiting us;
    • A microfiche reader and a microfilm reader which can be used to view publications and indexes;
    • A set of search room finding-aids, the Library Guide, Groome' gazetteer, Slater's directory and Post Office directories for Edinburgh and Glasgow in the wall cupboards on the south wall.

    A door in the corridor leads to the Archivists’ Garden via a ramp as well as our cafe in the adjacent New Register House via a path and ramp. 

    Adam Dome

    Adam DomeThis search room is named after Robert Adam (1728-1792), one of Britain's greatest architects, who designed General Register House When originally constructed, it was the first purpose-built public repository in the British Isles.

    It is located just beyond the main entrance on the ground floor of General Register House and can be accessed via the main entrance or the Archivists’ Garden.

    It has 10 bookable seats. Printers are located in the east alcove area for customers to print off copies of historical documents for a fee. The small ScotlandsPeople Centre Reference Library collection is also based here - for further information please go to the Reference Library page. 

    ScotlandsPeople Centre search room layouts (102 KB pdf) PDF files require Acrobat Reader. Download Acrobat Reader free Get Acrobat Reader

    If you have any special needs please contact us in advance of your visit.