Information Services

Edinburgh College of Art Library

The College Library lies at the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, providing an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.


Evolution House, West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE

Phone: 0131 651 5700



Access and opening hours

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


On Tuesday 24 Dec 2019 access is **by University card and PIN only**. External members (with yellow cards) will be unable to access the library – we apologise for any inconvenience caused. From 3pm until library closing at 5pm, access is via the Lady Lawson Street door of Evolution House *only*. The building will close completely at 5pm until 6th January.

Please note that access to the Library after 4.45pm Monday to Friday and at weekend is available only to University of Edinburgh staff and students with a valid University smartcard, due to door access control at Evolution House. You will also need to enter your card PIN to gain entry, which can be viewed on MyEd. Please contact ECA Library Helpdesk for more details.

We regret that library staff cannot provide entry to library users without smartcard access.


British Sign Language support

A video relay service is available, enabling British Sign Language users to contact public bodies and vice-versa.

This service operates from 8am to 12 midnight, 7 days a week.

Please visit for full details.