We produce a range of resources that explain how the Scottish Parliament works and encourage public involvement. All of our resources are free and many are available in a range of languages and formats.
- Our animations below include, first, simple introductions to key aspects of the Scottish Parliament. These are followed by animations that give more detailed information about parliamentary process and procedures.
- Our interactive apps allow you to find out about the Chamber, committees and how to make your voice heard.
- Our leaflets below provide information on the Parliament, your representatives, visiting and getting involved.
If you have any feedback or comments on these resources, please contact Public Information.
These resources were produced during session 5 and
will be updated in due course.
A short guide to the powers of the Scottish Parliament.
A short guide to the role that committees play in the Scottish Parliament and how you can get involved.
A quick introduction to how MSPs can help you.
A short guide to the difference between the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government.
A quick animated guide to how laws are made in the Scottish Parliament
This animation explains how you can petition the Scottish Parliament, including the issues you can raise and how the process works.
A short overview of the different roles of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)
An overview of the Scottish budget process
A quick animated guide to First Minister's Questions (FMQs)
An overview of the role of the Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officers
Watch our short animation to find out what happens at decision time in the Chamber and how you can discover what has been decided.
Learn about legislative consent in our short animation.
Use this interactive resource to find out about the Debating Chamber.
Use this interactive resource to find out about committee rooms
Use our interactive guide to find out how to make your voice heard at the Scottish Parliament.
This leaflet explains the role of the Parliament and includes the 2016 election results.
This leaflet explains the work of MSPs in the Parliament and how to get involved.
This leaflet gives an overview of the different elected representatives you have in the Scottish Parliament, local authorities, the UK Parliament and the European Parliament and lists some of the issues they deal with.
Leaflets that explain why people who live in Scotland have different types of representation, and that clarify the role of the Scottish Parliament.
Leaflets that help people to get the most out of their visit to the Parliament building
A quick and easy way to order free leaflets produced by Scottish Parliament Public Information.
Promotional resources available to order