University Of Edinburgh New College Library

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University Of Edinburgh New College Library

Founded in 1843 as the library of the Free Church College, New College Library now serves the University’s School of Divinity.

It is one of the largest theology libraries in the UK, with over a quarter of a million items. Its large and rich special collections include the papers of Thomas Chalmers, J.H. Oldham and James S. Stewart.


Enter by the eastern side of the quadrangle, behind the statue of John Knox.

New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LU.

Access and opening hours

Staff and students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights.

Borrowing access is also available to ministers of the Church of Scotland and other denominations.

Visitors wishing to use Special Collections at New College Library will be required to present ID and proof of address dated within the last 3 months to register with the University of Edinburgh Library at the Helpdesk.

If you wish to donate books to New College Library, please contact the Academic Support Librarian before you bring books to the library. We are unable to accept donations at the New College Library Helpdesk.

Opening hours of the New College Library, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LU

Saturday 27 May – Sunday 17 September 2017
Monday – Friday* 9am – 5pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

* Friday mornings, from 12 June – 8 September 2017, New College Library Helpdesk will open at 10.15am to allow for staff training.

Monday 18 September – Wednesday 20 December 2017
Monday – Thursday 9am – 6pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 12 Noon – 5pm
Sunday Closed

Staffed services close 10 minutes before the Library, please ensure you have carried out all transactions by this time.

Users are asked to co-operate with library and security staff in clearing the building promptly at closing times.