City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Playfair Library


Playfair Library
University of Edinburgh Old College
Edinburgh EH8 9YL
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
New Town, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Fringe Venue: 
311

A William Playfair architectural masterpiece on the southern side of Edinburgh University's Old College. The Library Hall has a barrel-vaulted ceiling and runs to more than 190 feet in length.

The Playfair Library was used as a working library from the 1820s until the 1960s when the University’s main collection was moved to George Square.

The venue is now used to host dinners, corporate functions and lectures such as the Edinburgh Lectures.