Edinburgh and Scottish Collection

Name
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection
News
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 electrical system, lighting, and fire safety equipment.

If you want to consult the Edinburgh Valuation Rolls, please contact the department in advance so that material can be made available.

Currently we do not have access to the Edinburgh Electoral Registers pre-1985. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused. Please speak to staff to see if alternatives can be arranged.
Central Library building works
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The place to find out about Scotland and its capital. Fantastic heritage collections cover history, maps, literature, local and family history as well as up to date information about your local area.
Address
George IV Bridge
Postcode
EH1 1EG
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Opening hours
Monday: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Services
Visiting Central Library, you can
- browse and borrow books
- return your books
- pick up free period products
- use a study space
- use the photocopier
- collect hearing aid batteries
- use a public computer and print
- apply for a National Entitlement Card (bus pass).
Bus routes
Lothian 23, 27, 41, 45, 67
Facilities
Public toilets in Central Library
Audio induction loop
Free Wi-Fi
Study spaces with power outlets. 16 charging points are available.
Printer/photocopier
Microfilm/microfiche readers
'Free Edinburgh's History' large touchscreen terminal
Access to Ancestry Institutional Access, British Newspaper Archive and other eresources
Pick up food waste bags and recycling box covers
Lift access
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