Opening times

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

Open on Mondays for pre-booked group visits only.



Visiting us

Viewing archival material

You're welcome to visit the HES Archives and Library during our opening hours without making an appointment, but we do recommend that you contact us in advance to check that the items you're looking for will be available.

If you'd like to view original historic photographs, drawings and manuscripts, search Canmore - the online catalogue of the HES Archives - to find the items that you would like to see in person.

Complete our online form or phone us on 0131 662 1456 to request up to ten items to view on your visit. We'll contact you to confirm that they will be available for you on your arrival. 

You can also request up to five items from the archive stores on the day. We bring these daily requests to the Library for visitors to view at 10:30am and 2pm.

The books and journals we hold are available to both search online and to browse in the HES Library.

What to expect

When you come to the building, we'll ask you to sign in at the Reception.

You will be asked to leave your coat, bags and items like umbrellas securely in the locker room. You can bring the following items with you into the Library:

  • Pencils and paper/notebook
  • Laptops
  • Small bags
  • Hand-held digital cameras or mobile phones

To help us preserve and protect our archives, we request that you don't bring food, drinks or pens into the Library. 

If you are looking at particularly fragile items, you may be asked to wear gloves or follow handling instructions.

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