City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Central Library

Edinburgh Central Library
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Old Town Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0131 242 8060

Edinburgh's main public library, directly opposite the National Library of Scotland (copyright library) and just off the Royal Mile, is a useful resource open to all.

Spanning several floors in a historic building, the library space contains books, extensive periodicals, newspapers, and electronic information. The Edinburgh Room has local literature and maps going back many years.

There is also a Music Library which is in a separate building next door to main Central Library building, as you walk away from the Royal Mile, down a flight of stairs.

The Library also has regular small archival exhibitions in the main hallway and stairwell.

Anyone can call the library for information and questions.


  • Monday 10am – 8pm
  • Tuesday 10am – 8pm
  • Wednesday 10am – 8pm
  • Thursday 10am – 8pm
  • Friday 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday 9am – 5pm
  • Sunday Closed