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. 

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 webpage.

Saturday 6 January - Thursday 6 June 2024
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 

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 
Day Library Café
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 10pm *
Saturday  8:30am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 6pm
* Library Café opening hours during flexible learning week:

From Monday 19 February to Thursday 22 February the Café will be open from 8:30am - 7pm

Friday 8:30 - 6pm as normal, Saturday & Sunday 10am -6pm as normal


Access to the Main Library

Self-service in the Main Library

Main Library location and contacts

Policy for child access to the University Library