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 Re-opening

Following the Main Library’s designation as an essential research lab for the humanities, the Centre for Research Collections has been asked to lead on the return to library services on campus. It was recognised that the CRC already has in place easily adaptable handling procedures, safety equipment and staff expertise on providing safe access to collections that will be deployed to create a safe research environment.

Face-to-face services at the CRC have now resumed. Please read the guidance on our Visitor Information pages carefully.

Following government advice, face-to-face services at the School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library, and the University Collections Facility remain closed at this time. Please note, most staff remain working from home and do not have access to collections.

  • We are still 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 the impact of COVID-19 on wider library services are available on a dedicated webpage.


Collecting Covid-19 Initiative

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Staff and students are being asked to share how their lives have changed during Covid-19 outbreak.

Visitor Information

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

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.

The Sir Charles Lyell Collection

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The Charles Lyell Collection

Teaching and Seminar Facilities

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Teaching with collections in a hybrid environment.

Services (Enquiries, Digitisation, Collections Development)

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

Digital Scholarship Centre

Engagement, Collaboration, Training

Research Resources

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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.




CRC on Social Media





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