Central Library - Library locations and opening hours

Central Library
Central library building
Regular activities for children and young people
10.30 to 11am, Storytime for 3 to 5 year olds, in the Children's Library. No booking required.

During school holidays
Children’s Art Club for 8 to 12 year olds, meets during the school holidays. Places are limited and advertised before the event in the library and online at Ticket Source (www.ticketsource.co.uk/edinburgh-central-library).
Bookbug sessions
Regular events and activities for adults
2 to 4pm, Library2go help session on the mezzanine. Get help getting started with our downloadable ebook, audiobook, magazine and newspaper services. Places must be booked in advance via email: informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk

1 to 2pm, Book Café, third Wednesday of the month, in the Boardroom. Please check Ticket Source (www.ticketsource.co.uk/edinburgh-central-library) for details and to book a place. Read along with this month's choice, then join in the discussion. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on offer.
Please note, Book Café is a women-only event with inclusivity as per the principles of founders, the Glasgow Women's Library.
2pm, Knit and Natter on the mezzanine, free, drop-in.

2 to 3.30pm, Family history - getting started sessions, last Thursday of the month in the George Washington Browne Room. Find out about the free library resources which can help you start tracing your family tree. Places must be booked in advance via email: informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk

1 to 2pm, Music on the Mezzanine, a regular programme of live concerts at Saturday lunchtime.
Book groups
6 to 7pm, Found in Translation monthly book group for adults, reading fiction translated into English. Meets on the first Monday of the month. Places are limited, currently with a waiting list in place. For further information, please get in touch via email.

6pm, Teen Book Group (S1-S5 pupils), fortnightly. Please get in touch via email for more information.

2 to 3pm, Central Library Book Group meets on the first Friday of each month in the Boardroom. This is a drop-in group, no need to book. Lending has a number of copies of each month’s set title available to borrow at the Enquiry desk.
Macmillan Cancer Support
George IV Bridge
Opening hours
Monday: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Visiting Central Library, you can
- browse and borrow books
- return your books
- pick up free period products
- use a study space
- use a computer
- use the photocopier
- collect hearing aid batteries
- apply for a National Entitlement Card (bus pass).
Dog friendly day
Art and Design Library
Central Children's Library
Central Lending Library
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection
Music Library
Reference Library
Public toilets are available.
There is an accessible toilet in the Children's Library.
Bus routes
Lothian 23, 27, 41, 45, 67
Room hire in Central Library
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