Information Services

Law Library

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.

Possible disruption of services - Law Library 30 November

The network at Old College is being upgraded on Thursday 30 November 2023. This may result in disruption to networked services in the Law Library such as Eduroam wifi, the wired network and printing services. Access to networked services can still be accessed at our other University libraries: Library locations | The University of Edinburgh

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this important upgrade.

Please note: The Law Library is temporarily unable to print out cards. Other Card Helpdesks

Restricted access to the Main Library and the Law Library for Reference users during exam period 


From Friday 1st December - Monday 18th December 2023 inclusive, access to the Main Library and the Law Library will be restricted for Reference users. This also includes those with SCONUL Reference Only cards. This is due to the revision and exam period at University of Edinburgh and consequent high demand on study spaces. 

Heritage Collections users are not affected by this.   

Normal access arrangements will resume on Tuesday 19th December 2023. 

If you feel an exception should be made in your case, please email stating the reasons for an exception to be made: 


EdHelp supports students in library, IT, student administration and finance. EdHelp is online, and also in-person at 10 libraries: Edinburgh College of Art Library, Art & Architecture Library, Law Library, Main Library, Moray House Library, New College Library, Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library, Royal Infirmary, The Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library and Western General Hospital Library.


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.



Law Library opening hours

Campus maps and travel information

Law Library virtual orientation

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 can join University of Edinburgh 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

Library opening hours

Law Library accessibility information

Study Space

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

Study Space

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.