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

See also public holidays and festive opening times.

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 and festive opening times.


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 and festive opening times.

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:   10:00-14:00
  • Sunday:   Closed

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

See also public holidays.


Public holidays

  • Christmas holidays:
    25 and 26 December — all closed

  • New Year holidays:
    1 and 2 January 2017 — all closed

See also festive opening times


Festive season opening times

Revised opening hours apply during the festive season:

Edinburgh

  • Saturday 24 December:  General Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room, Visitor Centre, exhibitions close at 13.00; Maps Reading Room closed
  • Sunday 25 and Monday 26 December:  Closed
  • Tuesday 27 December:  Reading rooms closed; Visitor Centre and exhibitions open 12.00-16.00
  • Wednesday 28 December:  General Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room, Visitor Centre, exhibitions close at 17.00; Maps Reading Room closed
  • Thursday 29 December:  Close at 17.00
  • Friday 30 December:  General Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room, Visitor Centre, exhibitions close at 17.00; Maps Reading Room closed
  • Saturday 31 December:  General Reading Room, Special Collections Reading Room, Visitor Centre, exhibitions close at 13.00; Maps Reading Room closed
  • Sunday 1 and Monday 2 January:  Closed
  • Tuesday 3 January:  Reading rooms closed; Visitor Centre and exhibitions open 12.00-16.00.

Glasgow

Details of festive opening times at Kelvin Hall to follow.

 

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