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University of Edinburgh: Main Library

Door open days


The Main Library building, designed by Sir Basil Spence, was completed in 1967 and A-listed in 2005. A major redevelopment of all eight floors, completed in 2013, preserved the original architectural design and features while upgrading spaces and facilities to meet 21st century student needs and 2 million visits per year. We will be celebrating the Main Library building's 50th anniversary throughout 2017-18 with a series of events and a display of materials in the Centre for Research Collections highlighting the design and history of the building.



Key Information

Architect: Basil Spence, Glover & Ferguson

Building Date: 1965-67

Guided tours


Where to find us

  • 30 George Square
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LJ