Opening hours

Opening hours and public holidays

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

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.

 

See also public holidays and festive opening hours.


Maps Reading Room

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

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:   09.30-17.00
  • Wednesday:   10.00-17.00
  • Saturday:   09.30-13.00
  • Sunday:   Closed

See also public holidays and festive opening hours.


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 hours.


Visitor Centre — café and shop

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

  • Monday-Friday:   cafe: 09.30-20.00  /  shop: 09.30-20.30
  • Saturday:   09.30-17.00
  • Sunday:   14.00-17.00

Read more on the Visitor Centre page.

 


Scottish Screen Archive

Opening hours for contacting and visiting the Scottish Screen Archive in Hillington are:

  • Monday-Friday:   09.30-16.30

Christmas and New Year
Close at noon on Wednesday 24 December and re-open on Monday 5 January.


Public holidays

The National Library of Scotland closes for a few selected public holidays during the year.

  • Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December: Christmas holidays.
  • Thursday 1 and Friday 2 January New Year holidays.


Festive season opening times

Revised opening hours apply for the George IV Bridge Building and the Maps Reading Room during the festive season:

  • Wednesday 24 December: Close at 16.00
  • Thursday 25 and Friday 26 December: Closed
  • Saturday 27 December: Reading rooms closed; Visitor Centre and exhibitions: 09.30-17.00
  • Sunday 28 December: Visitor Centre and exhibitions: 14.00-17.00
  • Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 December: Close at 17.00
  • Wednesday 31 December: Close at 16.00.
  • Thursday 1 and Friday 2 January: Closed
  • Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 January: Normal opening hours.

 

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