The Main Library will be open 24/7 from 20 March!

From Mon 20 March, the Main Library will be open for students 24/7! #eusawins


Students’ Association President, Alec Edgecliffe-Johnson, said “We've campaigned for this for over a year, and worked alongside the University to make it happen. It is a tremendous development for the student body and we’re delighted that it will begin before the May exam diet.”


Three levels of the Library will be open to students all night - the lower ground, ground and first floors. At midnight, students working on the other floors will be invited to move to lower levels. The upper floors will re-open each day at 7.30am.


As part of the new arrangements, the large computer lab in the basement of the Hugh Robson Building, George Square, along with the computing lab in High School Yards - which are currently open round the clock - will close at 10pm. At that time, students will be asked to move to the Main Library, which will be fully staffed with teams trained in first aid and disabled evacuation; offering a safe and pleasant study location for students. When the Main Library is unable to cope with demand - such as in the run-up to exams - a decision may be made to reopen either the Hugh Robson lab, the High School Yards Lab, or both, around the clock.


The University’s Director of Estates, Gary Jebb, commented “The student experience is at the heart of all that we do and we have worked closely with Edinburgh University Students’ Association and the Library to find out what our students want and how we can enhance their experience.”