The Library holds the bulk of the University's law collections, specialising in Scots, UK, international and Commonwealth law.
It is also a designated European Documentation Centre.
Law Library occupancy traffic light system
Updated every five minutes you can see here an indicator of occupancy of the Law Library based upon library entries and exits using anonymized and aggregrated card data recorded at the barriers. See further details about the Law Library Occupancy Traffic Light System data and privacy.
Location and contacts
Law Library, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL. Tel: 0131 650 2044.
Access and opening hours
Staff and students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights. NHS Lothian* staff may register as users according to the current service level agreement with the University of Edinburgh and upon production of current ID documentation.
*Please note that the service level agreement with NHS Lothian will cease on 10th September 2022. From 10 September 2022, NHS Lothian staff will be able to join UoE Library as members of the public.
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.
There are a number of study spaces available in the Law Library. Please see the Study Space pages for more information and guidance.
Additional study space at Law - April and May 2022
During the Revision and Examination period in April/May 2022, the following temporary additional quiet study space (non-bookable) is provided to assist students.
70 seats in the Law School Building (Rooms G.158 and G.159 adjacent to the Law Library):
G.158 Quad Teaching Room (seminar room) open daily from Saturday 09 April to Friday 27 May
G.159 MacLaren Stuart Room (large classroom) open daily from Saturday 09 April to Friday 27 May
Opening hours as per Law Library opening hours
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 https://contactscotland-bsl.org for full details.
Information resources for law