The IHR Library's Scotland collections contain a range of published primary sources including oral history testimonies, travel diaries, private correspondence, and official parliamentary acts and proceedings. The collection also holds a large selection of the records of Scottish government dating from the medieval period to the end of the seventeenth century, alongside a collection of biographical reference works. In addition, the collections also comprise strong holdings in Scottish local history as well as a selected collection of journals and periodicals relating to the history of Scotland. The library's holdings encompass a broad swathe of historical topics ranging from the Picts right up to the present.
The Scotland collection is held at classmark BS, with the classmark BSL assigned to Scottish Local history. Oversized and folio items are located under the classmarks BSS and BSSL. The majority of the collection holdings are available on open access, except the library's holdings in Scottish local history and Scottish journals and periodicals which are held within the onsite store. Information on how to request these items is available here.