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Herbarium & Library Building - Royal Botanic Gardens

Door open days

23 September 2017 (13.00-16.00)


The terrazzo and glass Herbarium and Library building overlooks the NE corner of the garden. Opened in 1964 and extended in 2005-6, it houses one of Europe’s largest botanical libraries and a collection of around 3 million preserved plants and fungi specimens supporting the Garden’s global research, conservation and education programmes.  


Key Information

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the New Town, we will display items from our collection that link with the second half of the 18th century. For example, items linked with John Hope (Regius Keeper at the time) and John Adams and James Craig (architects who designed the Botanic Cottage). A short film about the significant botanist Hugh Cleghorn will also be shown.  

Tours will depart every 30 minutes, with the final tour at 3:30.  

Assisted wheelchair access.


Where to find us

  • 20A Inverleith Row
  • Edinburgh
  • EH3 5LR