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Playfair Library

A William Playfair architectural masterpiece on the southern side of Edinburgh University's Old College. The Library Hall has a barrel-vaulted ceiling and runs to more than 190 feet in length. The Playfair Library was used as a working library from the 1820s until the 1960s when the University’s main collection was moved to George Square.

Access Information:
The Playfair Library is on the first floor of Old College. Limited mobility and wheelchair access is from South Bridge: please contact the venue in advance to arrange access. There is step-free lift access to the Playfair Library and an accessible toilet is located on the ground floor, also accessible via a lift. 

Getting there:
You can travel to Playfair Library on the following Lothian Buses services: 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47, 49

Many of our venues in and around the city centre are easily accessible on foot and by public transport so please consider the environment when planning your travel to and from our events. Public transport information is available from Traveline Scotland - travelinescotland.com and 0871 200 22 33 - 24 hours a day.