General Reading Room and Special Collections Reading Room

The General Reading Room and Special Collections Reading Room in our George IV Bridge Building are open at these times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:   09.30-20.30
  • Wednesday:   10.00-20.30
  • Saturday:   09.30-13.00
  • Sunday:   Closed

See also public holidays.

Readers should return all material to the Collection and Return Desk no later than 10 minutes before closing time to allow staff to complete closing procedures.


 

Maps Reading Room

The Maps Reading Room in our Causewayside Building is open at these times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:   09.30-17.00
  • Wednesday, Friday :   Closed
  • Saturday:   Closed. Access and help in using our online maps is available at George IV Bridge from 09.30-13.00 in the Multimedia Room
  • Sunday:   Closed

See also public holidays.


 

Exhibitions

These are our standard opening times for exhibitions in the George IV Bridge Building. Please check the exhibitions page to make sure of the times for the exhibition you want to visit.

  • Monday-Friday:   10.00-20.00
  • Saturday:   10.00-17.00
  • Sunday:   14.00-17.00

See also public holidays and festive opening times.


 

Visitor Centre, Edinburgh — café and shop

Opening hours for the café and shop in the George IV Bridge Building are:

  • Monday-Friday:   cafe: 09.00-20.00  /  shop: 09.00-20.30
  • Saturday:   09.00-17.00
  • Sunday:   14.00-17.00

See also public holidays.

Read more on the Visitor Centre, Edinburgh page.


 

Kelvin Hall and Moving Image Archive, Glasgow

The National Library at Kelvin Hall opening hours are:

  • Monday:   Moving Image Archive consultation only, by appointment
  • Tuesday:   10:00-16:30
  • Wednesday:   13:30-20:00 (mornings: Moving Image Archive consultation only, by appointment)
  • Thursday:   10:00-16:30
  • Friday:   10:00-16:30
  • Saturday:   10:00-17:00
  • Sunday:   Closed

Moving Image Archive office hours — Monday to Friday: 09.00 to 17.00.

See also public holidays.


 

Public holidays

  • Friday 14 April: Reading rooms closed. Edinburgh Visitor Centre and exhibitions open 12:00-16:00
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 April: Normal opening hours apply
  • Monday 17 April: Reading rooms closed. Edinburgh Visitor Centre and exhibitions open 12:00-16:00
  • Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December: Christmas holidays
  • Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 January 2018: New Year holidays

 

Using the Library