Reference Library

Reference 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 electrical system, lighting, and fire safety equipment.

We aim to make this work as disruption free as we can. However, for safety reasons there are times when parts of the building are inaccessible.

The Reference Library is temporarily closed until 20 June 2022 so that lighting can be replaced. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Central Library building works
A collection of a third of a million items, helpful staff, free internet access and the beautiful surroundings of the reading room make the Reference Library the ideal place for information, research, study or just relaxing in peaceful contemplation. Contact us with your enquiry or visit us to browse the collection and use our study facilities - including free wi-fi.
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Opening hours
Monday: 10am – 8pm
Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm
Thursday: 10am – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Reopening services
The Reference Library is open for PC access and study space.
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.
Reference Library: [email protected]

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
- 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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