Information Services

Main Library

The Main Library is the largest of Edinburgh University's Libraries.

Please see Library Services Update 2020-2021 for current service updates.

The Main Library holds the primary collections in arts, humanities, social sciences, medicine and informatics.

It also houses the Library's general collections of books and periodicals, older books in all subjects, most of the special collections of rare books and manuscripts, the University archives and the Lothian Health Service Archive.


Main Library, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ

Map: Campus map

The Library is situated on the south side of George Square. You can find us on Campus Maps.

Access and opening hours

Please note that access to all libraries is currently restricted to University of Edinburgh Students, Staff and Official Visitors, and NHS Lothian Staff.
Full details on using library and other centrally managed study spaces are available on the Study Spaces website.
Please note: when using these study spaces, you must pre-book, adhere to 2 metre physical distancing and wear a face covering at all times.

Collections and their locations

You can see the most up-to-date location of the collections using the link below.

Location of collections

As part of the Main Library work over the summer to create additional study spaces for Library users, the existing New Journals and New Books displays on the first floor has been removed. 

New journal issues and newspapers are available within their sequences on the 4th floor and new books are interfiled directly into the book sequences on the 2nd and 3rd floors.  

Study space

As a result of the physical distancing measures required in light of Covid-19, there will be fewer study spaces available. In order to access centrally managed study spaces, you must book the space in advance. See the study space webpages to find out more.

Study space


Help using the Library

EdHelp service desk

Ground Floor 

Main Library

Reporting noise and other inconsiderate behaviour in the Main Library 

Please note that  the anonymous report form is no longer available but you may report any problems to the Main Library EdHelp service desk.


As a result of hygiene measures required in light of Covid-19, lockers are not available for use.

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.



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