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Library Rooms

The Fellows' Library

One of the main reading rooms in the Library. Houses current surgical textbooks and historical stock (including general reference, histories and biographies in medicine, surgery and Edinburgh). Also known as the Lister Room due to the presence of Joseph Lister's portrait.

The Lister Room

The Librarian's Room

Houses historical stock, catalogues, Book of the Old Edinburgh Club, bibliographies and indices, 'Lives of Fellows' stock, DNB, current reports and the Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal from 1805. Also provides working space for the Library staff.

The MacLaren Research Centre

The Centre contains study spaces in a scholarly setting with a changing exhibition display. Visitors will find complimentary wi-fi, print facilities and recent publications from the surgical and medical disciplines.


Reception Room

Houses otorhinolaryngological and ophthalmological stock, alongside French and German historical texts. Also offers study spaces for visitors.

Main Corridor

Contains bound surgical and medical journals.

Most of the Lower Ground floor

A closed access area where the temperature and humidity better suit the materials. The area consists of the archive, book store and journals store.