Information Services

Main Library opening hours

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

Restricted access to the Main Library and the Law Library for Reference users during exam period 

From Monday 18 November to Sunday 15 December 2019 inclusive access to the Main Library and the Law Library will be restricted for Reference users. This also includes those with SCONUL Reference Only cards.

Restrictions are as follows:

Main Library - no access from 5.30am to 5.30pm; Law Library - no access from opening time to 5.30pm.

Centre for Research Collections (CRC) users, graduates of the University of Edinburgh, full SCONUL members with borrowing rights and all other users with borrowing rights are not affected by this.

Normal access arrangements will resume on Monday 16 December 2019.

If you feel an exception should be made in your case, please email is.helpline@ed.ac.uk stating the reasons for an exception to be made.

 

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 6 September - Friday 20 December 2019*
Day Building opening hours Helpdesk opening hours
Monday - Thursday 24 hours 9am - 7:50pm
Friday 24 hours 9am - 6:50pm*
Saturday 24 hours 12 midday - 4:50pm
Sunday 24 hours 12 midday - 6:50pm

*Please note that the Helpdesk will close at 4:50pm on Friday 20 December.

 

Saturday 21 December 2019 - Sunday 5 January 2020
Day Building opening hours Helpdesk opening hours
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 December 24 hours 12 midday - 4:50pm
Monday 23 December 24 hours 9am - 4:50pm
Tuesday 24 December 9am - 5pm 9am - 4:50pm
Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 December Closed Closed
Friday 27 December 9am - 5pm 9am - 4:50pm
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 December 9am - 5pm

 12 midday - 4:50pm

Monday 30 December 9am - 5pm 9am - 4:50pm
Tuesday 31 December 9am - 1pm 9am - 12:50pm
Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 January Closed Closed
Friday 3 January 9am and then open 24 hours 9am - 4:50pm
Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 January 24 hours 12 midday - 4:50pm

Standard Semester hours resume from Monday 6 January 2020.

Centre for Research Collections (CRC)

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

Library Cafe

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-10pm (Cafe services close at 10pm. Cafe space will be vacated for 1 hour and then re-open for study space only):

Cafe space:  11pm - 6am 

6am - 8:30am
Friday

Cafe Services: 8:30 am - 6pm (Cafe services close at 6pm. Cafe space will be vacated for 1 hour and then re-open for study space only):

Cafe space: 7pm - 6am

6am - 8:30am
Saturday

Cafe services : 10am - 6pm (Cafe services close at 6pm. Cafe space will be vacated for 1 hour and then re-open for study space only):

Cafe space: 7pm - 6am

6am - 10am
Sunday

Cafe services : 10am - 6pm (Cafe services close at 6pm. Cafe space will be vacated for 1 hour and then re-open for study space only):

Cafe space: 7pm - 6am

6am - 10am

 

Using the Main Library