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University of Edinburgh: Main Library

Door open days

29 September 2018 (12.00 - 16.00)

30 September 2018 (12.00 - 16.00)


The Main Library building, designed by Sir Basil Spence, was completed in 1967 and A-listed in 2005. This is an opportunity to experience not only the building’s distinct architectural features, but also a new public artwork by Nathan Coley installed to celebrate the building’s 50th Anniversary. On Saturday, the Centre for Research Collections will provide rare behind the scenes tours of the facilities that store and care for the University’s unique cultural and heritage collections (booking essential, please see website)

Activities: Guided tours, lectures/ talks, behind the scenes access

Extra: The behind the scenes tours of the CRC will include the conservation studio, digital imaging unit and an opportunity to view one of our strong rooms. Due to space limitations, booking through the website is essential though some spaces will be available on the day.

Scheduled talks on Nathan Coley’s artwork THE BASIC MATERIAL IS NOT THE WORD BUT THE LETTER and information about the University’s Public Art Trail around campus. Timings for talks will be published on the website.

Booking essential via


Key Information

Architect: Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson

Building Date: 1965-67

Where to find us

  • 30 George Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LJ