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Main Library summer improvements

The Main Library is embarking on a programme of works to bring significant improvements for library users.

The number of study spaces in the library will be increased by 350 and additional power and data facilities will be provided at study desks.

Work is planned to be carried out from 11 July to 31 August 2016 and is to be phased over the different floors.

Whilst these improvements are carried out there may be temporary disruption to users in affected areas (involving noise disturbance, restricted access to some print collections and some study areas being out of use). Thank you for your patience and understanding during these works.

Phase 1: Floor 4

The first phase of works on Floor 4 is completed. 

Phase 2: Floor 2

The second phase of works is on Floor 2.  As a result, some of the study space and collections on Floor 2 will be inaccessible from Monday 25 July to Monday 8 August.

  • Study space: Half of Floor 2 (the south side overlooking the Meadows) will be unavailable for use from Monday 25 July to Monday 1 August. Alternative study spaces are available on Floors 1 and 4.
  • Study space: Half of Floor 2 (the north side overlooking George Square) will be unavailable for use from Monday 1 August to Monday 8 August. Alternative study spaces are available on Floors 1, 3 and 4.  
  • Access to collections For access to collections in the inaccessible area on the Floor 2, please email us in advance at collections-management@ed.ac.uk or consult Helpdesk staff located on the 2nd or Ground Floor 09:15-16:45 Monday to Friday. Items requested by email will be retrieved and made available for you at the Ground Floor Help Desk within 24 hours (Monday-Friday) of the request being placed. Requests placed on Friday evenings and over the weekends will be satisfied on Mondays. When placing a request, please include your own contact details and full details (title, shelfmark, journal volume number etc.) of the item required.
  • Noise: Collection moves are underway on Floor 3 and so there will also be some noise and disruption in this area.

Further information

For further information about the works, dates and areas affected, please see the Library Redevelopment Blog.