Opening times

Daily except Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am to 4.30pm

Open on Mondays for pre-booked group visits only.

Facilities

 

Opening times and getting there

Open

Mondays: 9:30am to 4:30pm for pre-booked group visits only
Tuesday to Friday: 9:30am to 4:30pm

Closed

Friday 30 March
Monday 2 April
Friday 30 November
25 and 26 December
1 and 2 January

Group visits

Large groups of up to 20 people may visit on Monday, when the Library is open for pre-booked group visits. Smaller groups of up to 10 people can visit during normal opening hours from Tuesday to Friday.

Group visits last about 1.5 hours and are free of charge.

Your group visit will include:

  • an introduction to our work and to those of our collections that relate to your area or subject of research
  • a tour of the Library, Search Room and Print Room
  • a demonstration of our online resources

Getting to HES Archives and Library

John Sinclair House
16 Bernard Terrace
Edinburgh
EH8 9NX

HES Archives and Library is located off South Clerk Street in Newington, Edinburgh.

Limited car parking is available for visitors to the rear of the building.

National Grid reference: NT 26 4726

Telephone: 0131 662 1456

Email: archives@hes.scot 

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