Western General Hospital Library
The library holds part of the University's medicine collections, including literature covering oncology, gastroenterology and neurology.
Location and contacts
The Western General Hospital Library is located in the Medical Education Centre (MEC) on the 3rd floor above the Outpatients entrance
Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU. Tel: 0131 651 8761
Access and opening hours
Staff and students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights.
NHS Lothian staff registered as Library users according to the current service level agreement with the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights until the service level agreement with NHS Lothian will cease on 10 September 2022.
From 29 August 2022, 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.
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)
The WGH Library currently is not accessible for those unable to evacuate by stairs, and alternative provisions are available. Material from the WGH Library can be delivered to IGMM reception and consulted in the IGMM Nucleus. To arrange delivery, please contact the WGH Library.
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.
There are a number of study spaces available in the Western General Hospital Library. Please see the Study Space pages for more information and guidance.
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.
Contact us through an online sign language interpreter
British Sign Language (BSL) users can contact the University of Edinburgh via Contact Scotland BSL, the online British Sign Language video relay interpreting service.