Libraries & Archives

Library and Archive

John Sinclair House is the home of Historic Environment Scotland's archive collection and library.

Edinburgh City Council run community library.

The 300-plus year-old Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) building is home to a Scottish professional organisation that now has 10,000 fellows, members, associates and affiliates in 86

Active community lending library, in listed building, run by the City of Edinburgh council. A range of reading groups, wifi, gaming consoles and a business hub, among other things.

The RCAHMS was amalgamated with Historic Scotland in 2015.

See Historic Environment Scotland

National archive located at the East of Princes Street, around the corner from Robert Adam's landmark  Genera

Opening in 1788, General Register House continues to serve the same purpose it was built for as an archive of public records.

The Ionic pillars of renowned New Town architect William Playfair's building provide an impressive entrance to the Royal College of Surgeon's conference venue, as befits an institution that has pla

Edinburgh University Library is on the south side of George Square. The iconic modernist building, designed by Sir Basil Spence, and completed in 1965, was extensively redeveloped.

Small community library, with books (fiction, large text fiction, children's books), DVDs, CDs, magazines, and quiet reading area. Free internet access.