Estates

Library and University Collections storage facility

The Estates Department has finished work on the construction of a controlled environment storage facility to house the University’s collections.

University Collections facility
Image credit - John Sinclair, The Big Sink

The new facility is located at South Gyle, on the outskirts of the city and has been specially designed to provide additional storage for the University’s extensive library, cultural and heritage collections. 

The 1800 sq metre storage facility consists of two units on the ground and first floor. The units provide separate controlled environment storage areas so that temperature, levels of humidity and lighting can all be adjusted to protect and conserve the items being stored. These include books, journals, archives, manuscripts, letters, heritage collections, historic musical instruments, artworks and museum objects.

Covering everything from medieval manuscripts to contemporary art, the unique combination of collections are an invaluable resource for teaching within the University and attract researchers from around the world.