Open Book: A weekly shared reading group
This shared reading group is open to everyone. Drop in to our café to explore fiction and poetry in a relaxed, informal setting. There is no need to read or prepare anything in advance. Each session is facilitated by a volunteer from the Open Book project.
Free. No need to book, just come along on the day.
Library Social: A programme of events for people affected by dementia
Visitors with dementia, and their families and supporters, are welcome to attend these regular Friday morning sessions. Refreshments will be provided.
Yuletide songs, poems, and tunes Celebrate the festive season with poet Valerie Gillies and fiddler Laure Paterson.
Friday 13 December
Free. To book for 'Library Social', email Beverley Casebow, Learning and Outreach Officer, or phone 0131 623 3745.
Family history workshops
If you have discovered the outline of your family history or are wondering about the roots of your family tree, the Library can help. Come to our workshop to find out how the Library can help you trace your ancestors, using the Library’s huge range of resources. If you plan to register for a library card, please bring evidence of identity with you.
Saturday 7 December
Getting started at the Library
If you don't know where to start and you'd like a tour of the General Reading Room, then come to this workshop. Find out how to search and request material from our collections and use the eResources. If you plan to register for a library card when you visit, please bring evidence of identity and confirmation of your address, e.g. a passport and current driving licence. The workshop lasts approximately 1 hour 30 minutes. If you have specific access or other additional needs, please let us know when you book.
Thursday 5 December
Free. Book for 'Getting started' on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.
'24 Doors of Advent' tours
As part of Edinburgh's Christmas '24 Doors of Advent' we are offering tours of our Library building on George IV Bridge. The tours are an opportunity to learn more about our history and collections. There is also the chance to see behind the scenes, including a visit to 'The Void', a rarely seen area beneath George IV Bridge. Four tours run throughout the day, each lasting approximately one hour, starting at the reception desk. There is a maximum of 15 places on each tour, which can be booked in advance.
Thursday 5 December
Tours at 10.30, 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00
Free. Book a place on a '24 Doors of Advent' tour at George IV Bridge on Eventbrite or phone 0131 623 3734.