THE National Library of Scotland’s new touring display, You Are Here, has hit the road and arrived at Stirling Central Library.

A portable version of the acclaimed 2016 exhibition, You are Here: A journey through maps, the display features images of some of the millions of maps held at the National Library.

Split into 10 lavishly designed and detailed components, the display poses questions such as: do all maps show real places? Do maps go out-of-date? How is the spherical world made flat? Why is north to the top?

The display is complemented by a useful glossary of cartographical terms, and an interactive map-handing box featuring maps from the Library’s collections as well as map tools, globes and curiosities.

Map Curator, Paula Williams, said: “Maps are everywhere – on our phones, in our cars and pockets, on bus stops and adverts, and lavishly decorating our walls – but how much do we really know about them?

“They help shape how we see and understand the world but they are not always instruments of objectivity – they are created by individuals, many of whom have their own story to tell.

"I hope visitors to the display will delight in the images we’re highlighting from our collections – we have some of the rarest, most beautiful maps in the world.

"The display should prove both educational and perhaps even thought-provoking – viewers might well question the validity of the maps in their pockets or phones and not treat them as absolute truth. Where there’s a map, there’s often a good story.”

You are Here is at Stirling Central Library until July 26, after which it will move to Irvine Townhouse.

An online companion to You are Here is also on the Library’s Learning Zone – visit