Information Services

Main Library opening hours

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

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

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


Scaffolding works at the Main Library

Scaffolding has been erected by our contractor, Servest, at the Main Library to allow for essential repairs to masonry on the Third Floor West. While this work will cover the entire west side of the building, the contractors have assured us the emergency exits will still be accessible.

To ensure that the building is fully safe, a further investigation will be carried out on all levels of the library, including the main entrance. This may cause temporary disruption to both students and staff, but we will ensure that any changes to entry and exit routes are communicated well ahead of time.

The inspection/descaling survey works will begin on Monday 30th August and this is likely to last for a week.  Any further repairs required will be communicated following a schedule of any works that have been approved. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

From Monday 6 September 2021
Day Building EdHelp Helpdesk
Monday - Thursday 24 hour opening 9am - 7:50pm
Friday 24 hour opening 9am - 6:50pm
Saturday 24 hour opening 12 noon - 4:50pm
Sunday 24 hour opening 12 noon - 6:50pm

Centre for Research Collections (CRC)

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

Library Cafe & Coffee Cart

From Monday 20 September 2021
Day Library Cafe Coffee Cart
Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 8pm Closed
Friday 8.30am - 5pm  Closed
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm Closed