Information Services

Main Library opening hours

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

Main Library occupancy traffic light system

Updated every five minutes you can see here an indicator of occupancy of the Main Library based upon library entries and exits using anonymized and aggregrated card data recorded at the barriers. Find out more about privacy in relation to data used for the Main Library occupancy traffic light system.  

Main Library is open 24/7

Three levels of the Library will remain open to students all night - the lower ground, ground and first floors.

At midnight, students working on the other floors will be invited to move to lower levels. The upper floors will re-open each day at 7.30am.

A tannoy announcement will be made 30 minutes and then 15 minutes before the upper floors of the library close.  Users are asked to co-operate with library and security staff in clearing the upper floors promptly at closing times.

The cafe space will also be open as study space during the night during semester time. Opening times can be found below.

Helpdesk Opening Hours

Friday 7 June 2019 - Thursday 5 September TBC

Day Building opening hours Helpdesk opening hours
Monday - Thursday 24 hours 9am - 7:50pm
Friday 24 hours 9am - 4:50pm
Saturday 24 hours 10am - 12:50pm
Sunday 24 hours Closed

Semester Helpdesk opening hours resume Friday 6 September.

Centre for Research Collections (CRC)

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

Library Cafe

During semester the cafe space will be open to library members outwith the cafe service opening times. Access will be via swipe card only.


Cafe opening times - term-time
  Open Closed
Monday - Thursday

Cafe Services: 8:30am-7pm (Cafe services close at 7pm. Cafe space will be vacated for 1 hour and then re-open for study space only):

Cafe space:  8pm - 6am 

6am - 8:30am

Cafe Services: 8:30 am - 4pm (Cafe services close at 4pm. Cafe space will be vacated for 1 hour and then re-open for study space only):

Cafe space: 5pm - 6am

6am - 8:30am

Cafe services : No services (Cafe space is open for study space only):

Cafe space : 8:30am - 6am

6am - 8:30am

Cafe services: No services (Cafe space is open for study space only):

Cafe space 8:30am - 6am

6am - 8:30am


Using the Main Library