Central Library

Central Library
During 2022 Central Library is undergoing a major £1.8m building works programme.
Since January, scaffolding has been put up around the building to allow our contractors to repair parts of our roof, windows, and replace any stonework which is in poor condition.

Work inside the building includes upgrades to our lighting and some redecoration. Work to upgrade our electrical system has been completed and fire safety equipment has been upgraded.

The Reference Library is temporarily closed until 20 June 2022 so that lighting can be replaced.
Central Library building works
George IV Bridge
Opening hours
Monday: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Reopening services
All areas of Central Library are now open to browse and borrow, except for the Reference Library.
The Reference Library is open for computer access and study space is available in the Art and Design Library, the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection and the Reference Library.
If you want to consult reference material during your booked study session, please contact the department in advance so that material can be made available.
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection: [email protected]
Reference Library: [email protected]

Without a booking, you can
- browse and borrow books
- return your books
- pick up Hey Girls sanitary products
- use a study space
- collect hearing aid batteries.

You need to book a slot to:
- use a public computer and print
- apply for a National Entitlement Card (bus pass).

Photocopying will also be available with staff assistance.
Public toilets are available.
Library booking form
Library reopening information
Bus routes
Lothian 23, 27, 41, 42, 45, 67
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