Edinburgh and Scottish Collection

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection
Libraries will be closed on Friday 3 June for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday.

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
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.
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, without a booking, you can
- browse and borrow books
- return your books
- pick up Hey Girls sanitary products
- use a study space
- use the photocopier
- 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).

Public toilets are available.
Library booking form
Bus routes
Lothian 23, 27, 41, 42, 45, 67
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