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Welcome to Scran


To enable learning from home during the Coronavirus lockdown, access to Scran has been made FREE until the end of July. Follow the link below for access and use discount code SCRAN-COVID in the shop  

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Teachers, schools and learners working from home can continue with existing access routes below or register via

Scran hosts over 400,000 amazing, fully-captioned images, sounds and film from over 300 museums, galleries, and archives including the V&A, National Galleries of Scotland, Glasgow Museums and The Scotsman to name a few.

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Libraries: All library card holders in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, Edinburgh, Highland, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, Orkney, Perth & Kinross, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire enjoy full free access to Scran from their home 24 hours a day. Click here for full free access.

Scottish Schools: All teachers and pupils at Local Authority schools in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, East Dunbartonshire, Falkirk, Midlothian, Moray, Orkney, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling, West Lothian, Western Isles enjoy access to Scran - click here for full free Scran access.

FE & HE: All staff and students at City of Glasgow College, Dundee and Angus College, Edinburgh College, Edinburgh Napier University, Fife College, Forth Valley College, Glasgow School of Art, Robert Gordon University, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, SRUC, The WKCIC Group, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of St Andrews, University of Stirling, University of Strathclyde, University of York, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), University of the West of Scotland enjoy access to Scran both on and off campus - click here for full free Scran access.

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You can also purchase high-res images for personal or commercial use. See below for more details.