Information Services

Royal Infirmary Library

The Library's collection includes general medical and some nursing material and is particularly strong in surgical and obstetric and gynaecology books.

The library has computers connected to both the university network and the NHS Net.

Location and contacts

University of Edinburgh, The Chancellor’s Building, Edinburgh BioQuarter, 49 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SB. Tel:0131 242 6341

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, Edinburgh Theological Seminary Staff & students (Free Church of Scotland College), Free Church of Scotland Ministers, retired ministers and staff, Church of Scotland Ministers, retired ministers & staff, Alumni, SCONUL Access BANDS A, B, & C only, Friends of the Library and Life members of the Library.

Before you arrive at the library, or any study spaces you must download the Seated app. Study space is available as a walk up service across the campus with the exception of a small number of bookable study spaces on the 3rd and 5th floors of the Main Library. This means that you do not need to book study space unless you wish to. All desks are assigned with a unique QR code and you must check in and check-out of the desk by scanning the QR code. This is for the purpose of NHS Test & Protect - Scotland’s way of putting into practice the test, trace, isolate, support strategy - and is not a study space booking.

Full details on using library and other centrally managed study spaces are available on the Study Spaces website.

NHS Lothian staff may register as users according to the current service level agreement with the University of Edinburgh and upon production of current ID documentation.

Membership and access

Library opening hours

Study Space

Study space is available from 28 September. See the study space webpages to find out more:

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 https://contactscotland-bsl.org for full details.