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Library Services Update 2020-21

Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19

This page will be kept up to date with information about Library & University Collections facilities and services.

Changes to Library services from 26 April 2021As 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 26th April. From this date, we expect to be able to reopen all remaining libraries (with the exception of The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library), remove barriers to print collections and restart self-issue book machines in order to give University library users self-service access to print collections. In addition, from 26th April the Main Library building shall open at 08:00 with access to pre-booked study spaces 08:00-23:59 daily.
While browsing access to Library collections is suspended, we continue to provide access to print collections through our Click & Collect* and Scan & Deliver services. In response to students’ requests about increased access to study spaces throughout the forthcoming revision and exam period, we are making the following changes:


  • From 6th April, 176 study spaces will open at Murchison House, King’s Buildings 
  • From 19th April, 57 study spaces will open at the Fire Station, ECA 
  • From 26th April, all remaining centrally managed study spaces including all libraries will reopen (with the exception of The School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library)
  • From 26th April, Main Library will open at 08:00 with opening hours 08:00-23:59 daily
When using these study spaces, you must pre-book and you must adhere to 2 metre physical distancing and a face covering worn at all times.


*Closing Click & Collect
In line with the easing of Government restrictions, we are able to resume browsing of our Library print collections from 26 April 2021. From 26 April you will be able to browse our collections at the Main Library and site libraries and borrow books through our self-issue systems. Wearing face coverings and 2m social distancing is mandatory in our libraries. We will be closing our Click & Collect service at this time according to the following timetable:
  • Last Click & Collect requests for items at the Law Library, ECA Library and New College Library: 19 April
  • Last Click & Collect requests for items at the Main Library: 22 April
Requests made by these dates can be collected from the Main Library according to existing Click & Collect processes, but these may be subject to change from 26 April.


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