Library locations and opening hours - Central Library

Name Central Library
Address George IV Bridge
Postcode EH1 1EG
Telephone numbers 0131 242 8000 General Enquiries
0131 242 8020 Lending Library
0131 242 8027 Childrens' Library
0131 242 8040 Art and Design Library
0131 242 8050 Music Library
0131 242 8060 Reference Library
0131 242 8070 Edinburgh and Scottish Collection
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Opening hours Christmas and New Year

The library will close at 5pm on Thursday 24 December and reopen as normal on Tuesday 29 December.
For New Year we’ll close at 5pm on Thursday 31 December and reopen as normal on Tuesday 5 January.

Normal Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 8pm
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday 10am - 8pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Bus routes Lothian 23, 27, 41, 42, 45, 67
Building plan Map showing departments and floors within Central Library
Facilities Free wifi
Bookbug Sessions An event for 0 to 4 year olds and their parents/carers. Every Tuesday and Friday 10.30 - 11.00am.

Bookbug is free but ticketed. Tickets are available from the reception in the foyer of the main Central Library from 10.00 am on the day of the event.
Book groups First Tuesday of every month at 6pm. On 3rd November we'll be reading 'The forbidden waltz' by Anne Enright.

'Chatter and Verse' - our Poetry group - meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6.30pm. Contact (tel 0131 242 8046) for more details.

The CA(I)RE book group for carers meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 10.30am - 12 noon. Contact Sunil Bhatnagar on 0131 446 3321 or Annie Bell on 0131 242 8046 for more information.
Other events eBook surgery: help and advice every Tuesday from 2.00 - 3.30pm

Sip n Stitch: monthly meeting for embroidery and chat.
Contact for details.

Exhibitions throughout the year

In the Children's Library:

Storytime for ages 3-5: Thursdays 10.30 - 11.00am
Crafts for ages 5-11: Fridays 3.00 - 4.00pm
Lego for ages 7-11: every second Wednesday 6.00 - 7.30pm
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