Virtual Reality comes to Edinburgh Libraries

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Over the last few months more than a 100 visitors to Portobello, Muirhouse, Drumbrae, Leith, Oxgangs and Wester Hailes Libraries have had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Berlin Blitz by flying over Berlin with the crew of a  Lancaster Bomber, encounter gorillas in the Congo and travel in Dr Who’s Tardis courtesy of the BBC Virtual Reality Libraries Tour.

The BBC created new and unique VR experiences for public libraries in the UK.
For most of the participants they were trying a VR headset for the first time and everyone enjoyed the experience and would like to have the opportunity to try it again.

Visitors to Portobello Library enjoying the VR experience.

Find out more about the BBC project that brought virtual reality experiences to new audiences in over 150 UK libraries.

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Coworking business hub opens at Central Library

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The Scottish Coworking Network is a new network of business hubs within Scotland’s public libraries, with Edinburgh Central Library being one of the first to join the network. The hubs offer dedicated, business-focused space for aspiring entrepreneurs, sole traders, start-ups and small businesses to work, meet, collaborate and grow.

The space in Central Library has 15 fixed desks and 15 hot desks to choose from. The space also offers a breakout area equipped with comfy sofas, coffee table so you can relax and unwind, or chat and collaborate with other hub members.

The hub offers free wifi and printing facilities and is equipped with basic catering facilities.

Exclusive business workshops, seminars and networking events will be held at Central Library throughout the year.

When you sign up for hot desk or fixed desk membership, you become a member of the Scottish Coworking Network, giving you free access to desk space at…

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The Wallace Letter, November 1300

What a treasure! A 700 year old letter from King Philip IV of France introducing Sir William Wallace to the king’s agents at the Papal court in Rome. Displayed by the National Records of Scotland for Doors Open Day this year.

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Wallace letter scanLast Saturday, as part of Doors Open Day 2018, National Records of Scotland displayed the Wallace letter – a 700-year-old message from the King of France, one of only two surviving documents with a personal connection to Scottish historical icon William Wallace.

Discovered in the Tower of London in the mid-1800s and now part of the collection of The National Archives, this small and seemingly innocuous letter contains details that can tell us much about the people and politics of this turbulent era, and about one of the most famous figures in Scotland’s history.

Letter from King Philip IV of France to his agents at the Papal court, 7 November 1300

Translation of Latin text

Philip by the grace of God King of the French to our loved and faithful our agents appointed to the Roma Court, greetings and love. We command you to request the Supreme Pontiff to consider…

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