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University of Edinburgh: Playfair Library Hall

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Enter through arch (Robert Adam 1789) beneath the dome by Robert Rowand Anderson, into the Old Quad (William Playfair 1819-27), and up the steps to the left. Playfair?s Library is on the first floor, with its eleven bays of books supporting a coffered vaulted ceiling, it is one of Edinburgh?s grandest interiors.

Key Information

Architect: Robert Adam, Wm Playfair, Robert Rowand Anderson

Building Date: 1789-1827

Where to find us

  • Old College, University of Edinburgh
  • South Bridge
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9YL