Information Services

Main Library opening hours

Opening hours and staffed hours of the Main Library, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ


EdHelp supports students in library, IT, student administration and finance. EdHelp is online, and also in-person at 10 libraries: Edinburgh College of Art Library, Art & Architecture Library, Law Library, Main Library, Moray House Library, New College Library, Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library, Royal Infirmary, The Lady Smith of Kelvin Veterinary Library and Western General Hospital Library.



With the easing of restrictions we welcome all users into the UoE Libraries. 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. 

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

Friday 7 June - Friday 6 September 2024
Day Building EdHelp Service Desk
Monday - Thursday 24 hour opening 9am - 7:50pm
Friday  24 hour opening 9am - 4:50pm
Saturday  24 hour opening 12 midday - 4:50pm
Sunday   24 hour opening 12 midday - 4:50pm

Centre for Research Collections (CRC)

Opening hours for the Centre for Research Collections, including Special Collections, can be found on their website:

Library Café 

Main Library Café opening hours Friday 24 May - Sunday 15 September 2024
Day  Library Café
Monday - Friday  8:30am - 5pm 
Saturday  Closed *

* The Main Library Café will also open 10 am - 5pm on the following dates for the Festival: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4, Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 August, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 August and Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 August 2024.

The coffee cart will close on Friday 24 May at 3pm and re-open on Monday 16 September 2024.


 Access to the Main Library

Self-service in the Main Library

Main Library location and contacts

Policy for child access to the University Library