Using the Library

Information point in our George IV Bridge building

Opening hours

Opening hours and public holidays

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Access thousands of books, journals, newspapers and databases

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Learn more about our collections of books, manuscripts, maps, films and more

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Academic Research

Find out about research collaborations at the Library

Personal visits

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Library cards

A library card gives access to our Edinburgh reading rooms

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Reading rooms

Key information you need for a visit to the reading rooms

Customers in the Library cafe

George IV Bridge

Facilities for visitors to our main building in Edinburgh

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Kelvin Hall, Glasgow

Facilities for visitors to our Kelvin Hall in Glasgow

Large-text viewer in Multimedia Room

Access for people with disabilities

Facilities and access for visitors

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Group tours

How to arrange a group tour of the Library or an exhibition tour

Online visits

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Catalogues & databases

Links to a range of Library catalogues

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Access digitised items

Visit the Digital Gallery to view thousands collection items we have digitised

Computer users in the General Reading Room


Register to use the reading rooms and for remote access to our eResources

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Chat online

Chat sessions are available Mondays to Fridays

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Online enquiry service

Use the enquiry form to ask about collections and services

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Freedom of Information

Read our publication scheme and make a Freedom of Information request

Other information