Information Services


The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library provide a broad range of services. Some are delivered directly and others are delivered through the Centre for Research Collections.


Enquiries & Access to Heritage Collections

SSSA&L staff provide support for researchers unable to visit in person, or those planning a research visit. This includes searching of catalogues, recommendation of resources, specialist advice from collections staff, and providing live online access through visualisers. These services are delivered alongside those at the Centre for Research Collections.

Further Information

Access to Digitised Content & Licensing

The CRC and SSSA&L work with the Digital Imaging Unit to provide digitisation services, including photography, 3D scanning, AV digitisation and large-scale digitisation projects. Staff manage the licensing of digitised content, guided by the current legislation for copyright and data protection.

Further Information

Access to School of Scottish Studies Library Collections

From September 2021 you will be able to request lending library books from Scottish Studies Library through DiscoverEd. These will be available within 5 working days to collect from the reserve shelves in the HUB in the Main Library.

We will also be trialling a Scan and Deliver service (through DiscoverEd) for serials and reference items in the Scottish Studies Library.

Further Information

Teaching with Collections (in-person and online)

The Teaching with Collections service allows academic staff to deliver seminars and lectures from the CRC and 29 George Square, using collection items as the basis of their teaching. These can be delivered in-person or online (both live and pre-recorded). Staff also deliver specialist teaching for University of Edinburgh courses, particularly within Celtic and Scottish Studies.

Contact Us

For a full list of services provided by staff at the Centre for Research Collections please click here.