Information Services

Art and Architecture Library

Located in Chambers Street, near the National Museum of Scotland, the Art and Architecture Library provides resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.

Please see Library Services Update 2021-22 for further service updates. 

The Art and Architecture Library is located on the ground and lower ground floors of Minto House, Chambers Street. It provides quiet study space with wireless access throughout and holds over 20,000 books, primarily for history of art, architecture and architectural history courses, and more than 80 architecture-related journals.

Art and Architecture Library virtual orientation

Access and opening hours

The main entrance to Minto House is in use Monday to Friday 9am -5pm. Eligible library users can gain entry with their University card via the Maltings entrance (further along Chambers Street at the disabled access ramp).*

Staff and students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights. 

NHS Lothian staff can join UoE Library as members of the public or apply for other UoE Library membership options if appropriate and on production of the required documentation. Information regarding UoE Library membership is available on the Joining the Library web pages, but please be aware that during exam periods access may be restricted. 

NHS Lothian staff will continue to have access to a wide range of library and information resources and support from the NHS Education for Scotland Knowledge Network (external site)  

Access to the library is also available to other users but please be aware that during exam periods access may be restricted. Please note, that for some external users, the membership application process has changed. Please check up-to-date information on the Joining the Library web pages before visiting any library. 

Covid-19: Please see the University's guidance on hygiene and safety measures when on-campus. The University also promotes the Scottish Government ‘Distance Aware’ scheme and expect all library users to respect those members of our community who are either wearing a lanyard or badge, or request that others keep a distance. 

Distance Aware scheme

Joining the Library

Art and Architecture Library opening hours

Study Space

There are a number of study spaces available in the Art and Architecture Library. Please see the Study Space pages for more information and guidance.

Study Space

Location and contacts

Minto House, 20-22 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JZ. Tel: 0131 650 2310.

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  • Helpdesk (Please note that University cards, including Alumni library cards, cannot be issued here. Please visit our Card Helpdesks)
  • Study desks
  • Lending book stock
  • Course Reserve books
  • DVD collection
  • DVD and video viewing facilities
  • Current journals display
  • Back issues of journals
  • Undergraduate dissertations and work placement reports
  • DiscoverEd search points
  • 5 open access PCs
  • Photocopy/printing/scanning

Related Links

Resources available at Edinburgh College of Art 

ECA Library


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