Information Services

School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library

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

The School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library will remain closed until further notice.

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, many items are stored offsite. Please contact staff with any queries. 

Location and contact

29 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD.

Access and opening hours

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

Vistors and members of the public are welcome and must register as reader to consult the collections.

Joining the Library


There is a street level to entry door wheelchair access lift. Please note that there is no lift inside the building.