Information Services

New College Library

Founded in 1843 as the library of the Free Church College, New College Library now serves the University's School of Divinity.

It is one of the largest theology libraries in the UK, with over a quarter of a million items. Its large and rich special collections include the papers of Thomas Chalmers, J.H. Oldham and James S. Stewart.


Enter by the eastern side of the quadrangle, behind the statue of John Knox.


New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LU.


Access and opening hours

Staff and students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights.

Borrowing access is also available to ministers of the Church of Scotland and other denominations.

Visitors wishing to use Special Collections at New College Library will be required to present ID and proof of address dated within the last 3 months to register with the University of Edinburgh Library at the Helpdesk.

New College Library is open for Special Collections services 9.00am to 5.00pm Mondays to Fridays all year round, except for University closed days at Christmas.

If you wish to donate books to New College Library, please contact the Academic Support Librarian before you bring books to the library. We are unable to accept donations at the New College Library Helpdesk.

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.