Information Services

Main Library opening hours

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

Following the Scottish government move to a temporary lockdown, from 11 January the Main Library remains open but with reduced opening hours. The Edhelp service desk remains with reduced opening hours to deliver a limited set of services.As part of the Scottish Government’s planned route map out of lockdown, it is expected that Edinburgh will move to restriction Level 3 on Monday 26th April. From this date, we expect to be able to reopen all remaining libraries, remove barriers to print collections and restart self-issue book machines in order to give University library users self-service access to print collections. In addition, from 26th April the Main Library building shall open at 08:00 with access to pre-booked study spaces 08:00-23:59 daily


Please see Library Services Update 2020-2021 for current service updates.


Main Library Opening Hours

Please note that access to all libraries is currently restricted to University of Edinburgh Students, Staff and Official Visitors, and NHS Lothian Staff.
Monday 11 January - Sunday 25 April 2021
Day Building EdHelp Helpdesk
Monday - Friday 10am - 11:59pm 10am - 4:50pm
Saturday 10am - 11:59pm 12 noon - 4:50pm
Sunday 10am - 11:59pm 12 noon - 4:50 pm
Monday 26 April - Friday 21 May 2021 
Day Building EdHelp Helpdesk
Monday - Thursday 8am - 11:59pm 9am - 7:50pm
Friday 8am - 11:59pm 9am - 6:50pm
Saturday 8am - 11:59pm 12 noon - 4:50pm
Sunday 8am - 11:59pm 12 noon - 6:50 pm

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

The Library Cafe and Coffee Cart will be closed until further notice.