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 Thursday 30 November - Sunday 17 December 2017 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 18 December 2017.

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 is open 24/7

**During the exam period Floors 2, 3, 4 & 5 will also remain open 24/7 from 07:30 Saturday 2 December to 23:59 Thursday 21 December 2017.

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 8 September - Friday 22nd December* 2017
Day Helpdesk services begin Helpdesk services end
Monday - Thursday 9am 7:50pm
Friday 9am 6:50pm
Saturday 12 midday 4:50pm
Sunday 12 midday 6:50pm

* Please note that the Helpdesk will close at 4:50pm on Friday 22nd December 2017 and will re-open on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 at 9am.

Wednesday 3rd January - Sunday 7th January 2018
Day Helpdesk services begin Helpdesk services end
Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th January  9am 4:50pm
Saturday 6th January  12 midday 4:50pm
Sunday 7th January  12 midday 6:50pm

Normal semester opening hours will resume on Monday 8th January 2018.

 

Main Library building opening hours during Christmas vacation

Saturday 23rd December 2017 - Tuesday 2nd January 2018*
Day Opening hours
Saturday 23rd December 2017 Building open 24/7
Sunday 24th December 2017 Building closes at 1:00pm
Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th December 2017 Building closed
Wednesday 27th - Saturday 30th December 2017 Building open 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday 31st December 2017 Building open 9:00am - 1:00pm
Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Building closed

* Please note that the building is only open to those with a valid library card. Registration to join the library is not possible during this period. The Main Library will re-open at 9am on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 and return to 24/7 opening hours and normal service.

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 term-time 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: 12 noon - 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 - 12 noon

 

Using the Main Library