A library for the future

The redevelopment of our main library is one of several projects supported by the University of Edinburgh Campaign, our major fundraising initiative.

A 3D model of the 6th floor redevelopment

The £60 million redevelopment of the Grade A-listed building reached a major milestone with the opening of the ground, first, fifth and sixth floors.

Video of new-look Library

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Our film focuses on the study spaces, the café and the Special Collections area - visited by bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin, who officially opened the newly upgraded floors.

About the project

The project preserves Sir Basil Spence’s iconic 1960’s building while introducing contemporary features.

This creates a more open, flexible study space in response to changing student and research needs.

Having a really accessible and user-friendly library makes life and the student experience so much better.

Guy BromleyFormer EUSA Vice President.

The second, third and fourth floors of the George Square building are currently being redeveloped.

The entire project is due for completion in 2012 once the lower ground floor area is finished.

The University of Edinburgh Campaign

In October 2006, we launched the University of Edinburgh Campaign, the largest fundraising initiative of its kind in Scotland's history.

It aims to generate £350 million in financial support for over thirty major projects, ensuring the University keeps its place among the world's leading centres of learning.

Development and Alumni