Investing in Central Library

Edinburgh Central Library building works programme

During 2022 Central Library is undergoing a major £1.8m building works programme to make sure that our 130-year-old building will continue to serve our citizens for another 130 years.

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 main library has reopened but works are ongoing in the Art and Design Library and it will reopen on Monday 23 May.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Reference Library will be closed temporarily until 20 June 2022 so that the lighting can be replaced. During this time

  • Study spaces - available in the Edinburgh and Scottish Collection and on the mezzanine
  • Resources - email us if you would like to consult any of our Reference Library resources
  • Public PCs - reduced number available in Central Library or at other libraries.

This works programme is an important investment in the library’s future to ensure it can be enjoyed by generations to come.


Update 11 May 2022