Information Services

Visitor Information

Information about access to the School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library

COVID-19 Closure Information

Following government advice, face-to-face services at the School of Scottish Studies Archives & 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 with the exception of The School of Scottish Studies Archive and 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.
  • From 26 April we may be able to arrange consulation of certain SSSA special collections at the Centre for Research Collections. Please email us at in the first instance to discuss this. 
  • 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

First register with the Library

If you are not a staff member or student of the University, you will need to register as a reference user. You may already have a reference user’s card and if so, please bring it with you when you visit us at The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library.

If you are not a reference user, you can start the registration process online at the Main Library website.

Once you have entered in a few details, you will be prompted which ID you need to bring when you come to collect your card. You collect your card from the help desk inside the main door of the library.  When you arrive at The School of Scottish Studies Archives we will ask you to fill in our registration form and staff will give you an introduction to using the archive search and the finding aids. 

Opening Times & Location

The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library is located at 29 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD.

The Search Room and library are open 10:00-16:00, Tuesday to Friday. 

Note that manuscript archives are produced at 10:30 and 14:30. Requests for material can be made ahead of your visit.

No appointment is necessary, but if you wish to discuss your requirements in advance, email or telephone (0131) 650 3060


The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library are housed in 29 George Square.


Privacy Notice

Information about you: how we use it and with whom we share it.

The information you provide when contacting us will be used only for purposes of your enquiry. We will not share your personal information with any third party or use it for any other purpose.

We are using information about you because it is necessary respond to your enquiry. By providing your personal data when submitting an enquiry to us, consent for your personal data to be used in this way is implied.

For digitisation orders, your personal data is necessary for the performance of our contract to provide you with services that charge a fee.

We will hold the personal data you provided us for 6 years. We do not use profiling or automated decision-making processes. 

If you have any questions, please contact the School of Scottish Studies Archivist:

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