Information Services

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library

The Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library holds the University's principal printed book collections in biology, chemistry, engineering, geosciences, mathematics, physics and statistics as well as the Edinburgh Mathematical Society's book collection.


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.



Opening Hours

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library opening hours (includes KB Nucleus opening hours)

Library opening hours for all University of Edinburgh libraries



King's Buildings, Thomas Bayes Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FG.  ​​​​​​Tel: 0131 650 5784

Map: Campus map


University shuttle bus

Travelling to The King's Buildings campus



Staff, students and Official Visitors to the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights, using their blue University smartcard.  This card must be used to gain entry and exit at the library speedlanes at all times.

  • Access to the library for Library members with yellow University cards is limited to weekday office hours only (no evening or weekend access). 
  • Yellow University card holders’ access may also be further restricted during exam periods. 

For some external users, the membership application process has changed. Please check up-to-date information before visiting any library:

Joining the library

After 6pm and at weekends, access for blue University smartcard holders is via the KB Nucleus building, with swipe and PIN.  See Opening Hours webpage for more information:

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library opening hours

Use of the library lift requires a current University card and operates between floors 1 and 3  (ground floor lift access is via KB Nucleus building):

KB Nucleus Building general information

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library accessibility information

Murray Library entrance

The Murray Library entrance is on the first floor. This is one floor up from the café level(s).  If you are coming from within the KB Nucleus, pass Careers on your right to see The Murray Library speedlanes and, beyond, the EdHelp desk.

KB Nucleus Ground Floor plan showing lifts and stairs to the Murray Library

KB Nucleus floor plans (simplified version)


NHS Lothian staff

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) 

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


Floor Plans

Café flooring display: information about the scientists featured

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library floor plan: ground floor

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library floor plan: 1st floor

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library floor plan: 2nd floor

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library floor plan: 3rd floor



Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library guide 2020/21 [pdf]

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library virtual orientation [Sway]

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library Virtual Visit


Study Space

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

Study Space 

Informal study spaces at the King's Buildings campus


Help using the Library

EdHelp service desk

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library

King's Buildings

Thomas Bayes Road

Edinburgh EH9 3FG

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.