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 - **NEW** – now at 10 libraries: ECA, Art & Architecture, Law, Moray House, New College, Western General Hospital, Royal Infirmary, Veterinary Library, Murray Library, Main Library.
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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. 

Covid-19: Please see the University's guidance on hygiene and safety measures when on-campus. The University also promotes the Scottish Government ‘Distance Aware’ scheme and expect all library users to respect those members of our community who are either wearing a lanyard or badge, or request that others keep a distance. 

Distance Aware scheme

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

Saturday 7 January -  Thursday 8 June 2023 
Day  Building  EdHelp Service Desk 
Monday - Thursday 24 hour opening 9am - 7:50pm
Friday  24 hour opening  9am - 6:50pm
Saturday  24 hour opening  12 midday  - 4:50pm
Sunday  24 hour opening  12 midday - 6:50pm
Friday 9 June – Friday 8 Sept 2023
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 

Library Café opening hours Monday 29 - Friday 28 July 2023
Day Library Café
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday Closed
Library Café opening hours Monday 31 July - 31 August 2023
Day Library Café
Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday  8:30am - 4pm
Saturday & Sunday  11am - 5pm

Access to the Main Library

Self-service in the Main Library

Main Library location and contacts

Policy for child access to the University Library