Information Services

Western General Hospital Library

The library holds part of the University's medicine collections, including literature covering oncology, gastroenterology and neurology.

We are gradually re-opening our libraries in a phased programme. The Main Library and the University site libraries are planning to re-open for 14 September.
Please see Library Services Update 2020-2021 for current service updates.

The Western General Hospital Library is scheduled to re-open on 23 September.

Western General Hospital Library opening hours


NEWS: 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.


Access and opening hours

The Western General Hospital is scheduled to re-open on 23 September.

Please note that access to all libraries is currently restricted to University of Edinburgh Students, Staff and Official Visitors, and NHS Lothian Staff.

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.

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

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.

Joining the Library

Library opening hours

Study Space

See the study space webpages to find out more about available study spaces:

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 for full details.