Edinburgh’s Central Library to close for planned repairs

The Central Library in Edinburgh will be closing temporarily for 17 days for planned maintenance and repairs.

Edinburgh's Central Library to close for planned repairs

The works, part of a £1.8 million building works investment programme, will see the library close from Monday 25 April, re-opening on Wednesday 11 May.

Since January, scaffolding has been put up around the building to allow contractors to repair parts of roof, windows, and replace any stonework which is in poor condition.

Work inside the building includes upgrades to our electrical system, lighting, and fire safety equipment.

Additionally, the Reference Library will be closed from 11 April to 17 June 2022 so that the lighting can be replaced.

Councillor Donald Wilson, culture and communities convener, said: “These planned works are part of our major £1.8m investment programme for essential repairs to the roof, windows and stonework. The temporary closure of the library will ensure this much-loved and iconic building, which has served the Capital since 1890, will continue to be used and enjoyed by our citizens for another 130 years.”

Culture and communities vice convener Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, addded: “Our libraries are invaluable resources for local communities and much-loved hub buildings. This vital works programme is an important investment in the library’s future to ensure it can continue be enjoyed by generations to come.”

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