Information Services

School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library

Archive and library collections relating to the cultural traditions and folklore of Scotland.

The extensive collections, the core of which is the ethnological fieldwork undertaken by staff and students over the past sixty years, include a sound archive comprising some 33,000 recordings, a photographic archive containing thousands of images from the 1930s onwards, a small film and video collection and a manuscript archive. The Scottish Studies library of ethnological publications, both Scottish and international, is used as a resource to contextualise the fieldwork material. Collecting has focused on Scottish life, folklore and the traditional arts.  Material comes from communities throughout Scotland and its diaspora. The main languages of Scotland - Gaelic, Scots and English - are all represented including many dialects that are now extinct. Donations include related material from other countries, for example, the John Levy Collection, recordings of traditional music from Asia and beyond.

Further information about the collections housed at Scottish Studies Archives & Library can be found on their dedicated webpages: Scottish Studies Archives

Please be aware that while the majority of the books in the Scottish Studies Library are listed on the Library Catalogue, all books are issued manually so the status "not charged" may mean the item is actually on loan.

Location and contact

29 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD.

Phone: +44 (0) 131 650 30 60

Access and opening hours

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

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.

Related Links

Information resources for Celtic and Scottish studies