The National Library of Scotland has made its search service available to use in Gaelic.

Library Search allows people to find details of the Library’s hard copy and digital collections. The translated search service - Lorgaire Leabharlainn — now offers the same service in Gaelic.

Lorgaire Leabharlainn incorporates several hundred terms and phrases to allow Gaelic speakers to navigate the Library's catalogues in their chosen language.

Both search services bring details of the Library’s printed, manuscript and archive, moving image and digital collections, as well as e-resources and databases from a range of publishers together in a single search.

Anyone can use the Library’s search facilities though only Library members can request materials for consultation in the Edinburgh reading rooms and access certain digital materials and database subscriptions.

Promoting The Gaelic Language

The new service aims to encourage and promote the use of the Gaelic language and increase access to the Library’s significant collection of Gaelic material. It also supports the National Gaelic Language Plan's goal for Gaelic to be used more widely. The Bòrd na Gàidhlig Gaelic Language Act Implementation Fund provided a grant of £19,500 for the project.

Shona MacLennan, CEO, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, said: "This is a hugely welcome development by the National Library of Scotland, which holds many resources used frequently by Gaelic speakers and researchers.

'The provision of a search service in Gaelic will greatly contribute to the National Gaelic Language Plan aim that more people use Gaelic more often and in a wider range of situations."

Visit the Lorgaire Leabharlainn service on the National Library’ of Scotland’s website. You can also become a member of Scotland’s National Library for free by filing in their online form.