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.

Changes to library services following the opening of the Nucleus Building

With the opening of the KB Nucleus on 31 October 2022, the following changes to library services in the Murray Library are in place:

  • Revised library opening hours (see below)

  • A current University card must be used to gain entry and exit at the library speedlanes at all times ​​​​​​

  • 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)

  • The central stair only is in use (secondary stair is for emergency exit only)

  • Bookings for group study rooms and assistive technology study rooms are limited to library opening hours (alternative provision is in the KB Nucleus and Murchison House)

  • Access to the library for Library members with yellow University cards (Non-  student/staff/Visitors) is limited to weekday office hours only (no evening or weekend access)​​​​

KB Nucleus Building

Opening Hours

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library 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 and students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights. 

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) 

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

Cafe 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

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


Noreen & Kenneth Murray Library guide 2020/21

Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library virtual orientation

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.