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Location:Edinburgh, City of 

Closing date:21 June 2021 at midday 

Do you have a passion for Scotland’s cultural heritage and a desire to share your skills with the National Library of Scotland?

The National Library of Scotland is looking for a new Chair to lead the Board of Trustees.

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is the largest library in Scotland, one of the pre-eminent research libraries in Europe and the major centre for the study of Scottish literature and culture.  In recent years it has developed a reputation for highly innovative approaches to widening access to its collections and expanding engagement with the many diverse communities in Scotland.  This remains the core theme of the Library’s recently published future strategy, ‘Reaching People’.  In 2025 the National Library will celebrate its centenary and the Chair will be expected to play a leading role in the events marking that important milestone.

The person we are looking for will understand what effective governance looks like, be committed to the delivery of the ‘Reaching People’ strategy, and be willing to be a strong public advocate for the Library.  They will have the time available to make a full contribution to the Library.  Building on the Library’s highly successful track record of recent years, they will be committed to the open and engaging culture that is at the centre of how the Library operates and interacts with the public.

If this role is of interest, full information can be found in the applicant information pack via the link below.

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics who are under-represented at Chair level, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and people aged under 50. Please do complete our monitoring form when you apply as this helps us to ensure that the appointments process is accessible to everyone.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to support you through the application and selection process, you should contact the Scottish Government Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or at

The closing date for applications is Monday 21 June 2021 at midday.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality. 

Application Information

Please apply online.  If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on 0300 244 1898 or by email at

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