- The University of Edinburgh
This is an overview of access facilities at the Main Library, George Square and how we assist disabled users. If you are a student and wish to arrange individual adjustments such as study rooms and reduced cost printing you should contact the Student Disability Service as soon as possible. None of the services mentioned in this document are instead of support you may receive from the Student Disability Service. Their contact details can be found at the bottom of this webpage. If you are a staff member then you should contact your line manager or your local Human Resources department for individual adjustments.
The library is situated on south side of George Square. Wheelchair access is by the ramp to the main door. Disabled parking spaces are available at the front of the building and are accessed by the west side (closest to the meadows). All floors are accessible and can be reached by lift. The lift is wide enough to accommodate electric wheelchairs, and disabled users have priority access to the lifts. Maps can be sent out in advance and assistance dogs are welcome.
Accessible toilets are available on all floors. All floors have 2 accessible toilets one left hand transfer and one right hand transfer.
Information Services has two portable FM induction loops for use in any of the meeting/training rooms, or group study areas in the Main Library. These devices are kept and charged at the Helpdesk on the ground floor. If you are presenting or running training in any of the rooms in the Main Library please alert those attending in advance (staff, students, general public) that this facility exists. Any individual with a hearing aid can use these portable devices which come in the form of a neck loop which can be concealed under clothing if the user wishes. If you wish to use these loops please just ask the presenter of the session or at the IS Main Library Helpdesk. The presenter then wears a small device with microphone that transmits to the loop worn by the user. These devices can be used in conjunction with the room's standard PA system. These devices can be borrowed at the helpdesk for periods of less than a day and should be returned before the helpdesk closes.
If you are a student you may be eligible to use the accessible individual study rooms on the 1st Floor. To arrange this students should contact the Student Disability Service (details at the bottom of the web page). All adjustable height desks and standing height desks have notices attached to them identifying them as such. Staff will be happy to show you there location.
There are adjustable height desks located at:-
There are standing height desks located at:
If you require assistance to evacuate in an emergency you should ensure you have a PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan). To arrange a PEEP for this building please contact your school or line manager for more information. If you are a visitor to the building and require assistance to evacuate in an emergency please inform a member of staff at the Reception Desk.
The Main Library website has information on opening hours and contact details
Will provide advice and support for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties (eg dyslexia).
If you require this document in an alternative format, please contact Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer.