Information Services

Scottish Studies Library

This is an overview of access facilities at the Scottish Studies Library and how we assist disabled students with their studies.

To arrange individual adjustments such as study rooms and reduced cost printing students should contact the Student Disability Service as soon as possible. Their contact details can be found at the bottom of this webpage. None of the services mentioned in this document are instead of support you may receive from the Student Disability Service.


Scottish studies library

Access is from George Square. There is a ramp followed by a set of stone steps leading up to the front door. There is a platform lift to the front door - please phone staff for assistance. Currently there is only wheelchair access to the ground floor search room but staff will be happy to transfer resources to the Main Library for you. This can be arranged at the helpdesk on the ground floor of the Main Library or by phoning the archives directly. Contact details are provided at the end of this document. Facilities are based across three floors, the search room on the ground floor, the library on the first floor and supervised access to certain collections on the second floor.

 The nearest disabled parking is just across from the archives outside the Main Library (this can be accessed best from the west side of George Square). We will ensure users have access to the same services by making adjustments such as having books moved elsewhere etc.


Helpdesk services

  • The helpdesk has a lowered section for wheelchairs and an induction loop installed
  • Coloured acetates, an A4 page magnifier and a portable desktop lamp are available to borrow
  • All library documents such as leaflets are available in alternative formats upon request
  • A library trolley can be borrowed if you find it difficult to carry books
  • Extended borrowing is available for disabled students and is arranged via the Student Disability Service
  • A book collection service is available and books can be sent to the Main Library if this location is more accessible for you.
  • Induction tours can also be arranged
  • Staff will be happy to assist you in any way: such as finding and collecting books for you etc. Please note that this library is only staffed part time and the books are issued manually so to check if there is a member of staff available please phone or email the library using the contact details below.

Accessible Toilets

At present there is one accessible toilet on the ground floor. It allows for left and right hand side transfer.

There are additional accessible toilets in the Main Library across from the Scottish Studies library.

IT Provision

  • Mind mapping software and TextHelp Read and Write (which coverts text to speech) is available on all open access PCs
  • A wrist support mouse mat and an ergonomic mouse are available to borrow
  • Please note that sockets in the archives are not presently at desk height but staff will be happy to assist you to plug in your device

Furniture and study rooms

Wheelchair sign on wall

There are no rooms specifically for disabled students but disabled students may be eligible to use the accessible individual study rooms in the Main Library in George Square. To arrange this students should contact the Student Disability Service and their details are given at the end of this webpage.

Fire Evacuation

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 for more information.

Useful Contacts

Scottish Studies Library

The Scottish Studies library website has information on opening hours and contact details.

Student Disability Service

Will provide advice and support for disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties (eg dyslexia).

Disability and Inclusive Learning Service

  • The University of Edinburgh

Contact details



Disability and Inclusive Learning Service
University of Edinburgh
Health & Wellbeing Centre
7 Bristo Square

Post Code

Alternative formats

If you require this document in an alternative format, please contact Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer.

Viki Galt

Disability Information Officer

  • Information Services

Contact details



Argyle House
Floor F West
3 Lady Lawson Street

Post Code

BSL users can contact us via contactSCOTLAND-BSL, the on-line British Sign Language interpreting service. Find out more on the contactSCOTLAND website.