Online Catalogue

The main library catalogue is online and accessible here.

Other Catalogues

Non-legal and older material as yet unlisted in our main online catalogue is recorded in our slip catalogue (up to 1935) and our card catalogue (1906-1996). There is a separate catalogue for that part of the Pamphlets Collection yet to be included in the main online catalogue.


The Library’s Handlist of Manuscripts is online and accessible here

Pre-1700 legal manuscripts are described in detail in Volume III of Scotland under jus commune ed. Gero Dolezelak (Stair Society, Edinburgh, 2010) which may be consulted in the Library.

Session Papers

The indexes to the Library’s collection of Court of Session Papers, along with George Ballantyne’s Index to the Session Papers of James Boswell, is online and accessible here. 

Part of the Library’s collection of Court of Session Papers has been digitized and can be viewed here. 


The main archive catalogue is online and accessible here. 

A full guide to the archives was published in Scottish Archives 21 and can be accessed here.

National Archives

The Signet Library’s Archon code is 1487: our entry at the National Archives can be found here.

Signet Library Collection of Portraits in Oils

The Signet Library’s collection of portraits in oils has been photographed as part of the Art UK public art collections project and can be viewed online here.