Information Services

Centre for Research Collections

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s cultural and heritage collections.

COVID-19 Closure - Tuesday 17th March 2020

Following recent government advice, we are closing all face-to-face services at the CRC, St Cecilia's Hall, School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library, and the University Collections Facility from 5pm today. Please note, all staff are moving to working from home and will not be on site with collections.

  • We will still be monitoring our email enquiries ( and, where possible, will direct users to relevant online resources.
  • For up to date information about the University of Edinburgh's response to COVID-19 please see the webpages.
  • Information about wider library services will become available shortly on the library webpages.


Overview of Collections & Digital Images

The CRC provides access to a diverse range of collections.

Search the Collections

This page provides links to the relevant catalogues for each collection.

Visitor Information

Readers   consulting a manuscript
The Centre for Research Collections is located on the 6th floor of the University of Edinburgh Main Library.

Teaching and Seminar Facilities

Display of new acquitions in the CRC in 2012
The Centre for Research Collections works closely with academic colleagues, researchers, students and other visitors to provide a range of facilities and services for learning, teaching and discovery.

Services (including Digitisation)

The Centre for Research Collections offers a range of services including digitisation and enquiries.

Digital Scholarship Centre

Engagement, Collaboration, Training

Research Resources

Image of letters written by Lady Grange detailing her kidnapping
A selection of resources relevant for research into the CRC's collections.


Conservators at the CRC work to preserve the collections through both preventive and interventive treatments.

Volunteers, Interns & Honorary Fellows

Volunteers   receiving training in the conservation studio
An overview of how you can get involved in the CRC's work.


Current and forthcoming events and exhibitions at the University of Edinburgh Main Library.




CRC on Social Media





See our Social Media page for collection and project specific social media accounts.