Information Services


Information on Library materials held by the School of Scottish Studies Archives and how to access them.

The Scottish Studies Library is an important collection of ethnological books and publications, both Scottish and international, which is used as a resource to contextualise the fieldwork material in the School of Scottish Studies Archives.


Covid 19 closure

Following government advice, face-to-face services at the School of Scottish Studies Library remains closed.

As part of the Scottish Government’s planned route map out of lockdown, it is expected that Edinburgh will move to restriction Level 3 on Monday 26 April.  From this date services are expected to re-open but with the exception of The School of Scottish Studies Library. Face to Face Services in 29 George Square will remain closed until further notice. 
  • 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



Study Space


Items held offsite

All Scottish Studies Library items on DiscoverEd state that books may be held offsite.  As parts of the collection are held in storage, please contact the library for specific requests. 

If you have any queries about the Library please email or telephone (0131) 650 3060.

Registration and access

If you are not a staff member or student of the University we require you to register for a University Library card.  You can join on either a reference only basis, or as an external borrower for which there is a fee. Please note that you must be 16 or over to join as a member of the public.  Please visit the Main Library's webpage for information on how to join the library.

The Scottish Studies Library is on the first floor (Room 1.02) and access is by stairs.

Celtic Library

Due to redevelopment the Celtic Library is not currently accessible. 

Celtic Library items have been suppressed from the catalogue for the timebeing. 

Please direct all library queries via email.


Opening Hours and Location