University of Edinburgh - Main Library

The University of Edinburgh Main Library is a first-class library facility

A world-renowned collection! 

Designed by Sir Basil Spence, built in 1967 and redeveloped in 2013 where students, academics and visitors from around the world can engage with our physical and electronic collections.

The University library has been collecting printed materials, art, and other objects from around the world since the late 16th century, and more recently building its digital collections which can be accessed globally 24/7.

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The Main Library Exhibition Gallery (ground floor) will feature:

Robert Blomfield: Student of Light

A landmark archive of acclaimed street photographer Robert Blomfield (1938-2020) has been deposited at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections. Born in Leeds, Blomfield moved to Edinburgh in 1956 to study medicine. He arrived in the city as an enthusiastic amateur who was never without a camera around his neck and, over the next decade, honed his skills as a prolific street photographer. This exhibition celebrates Blomfield’s time as a student at the University.


24th and 25th September 

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George Square Edinburgh



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