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Search Room

We're delighted to welcome you back to the HES Archive and Library from Tuesday 22 September 2020.

We will be providing a limited service for visitors who need access to original material for their research.


To help keep everyone safe, we have introduced some changes, including:

· our reduced opening hours are 11am until 3pm, Tuesday to Friday

· visitors must pre-book their visit five working days in advance

· all the material you want to research, including books and photographs, must be requested in advance so that we can ensure appropriate quarantining


Pre-booking is essential, please use the Search Room Booking Request form. Please do not travel if you have not made an appointment.


HES Archives Coronavirus Visitor Charter

Before your visit, please read and agree to our Coronavirus Visitor Charter to do your bit to help us ensure everyone’s safety.

As a visitor to HES Search Room, we ask you to:

· pre-book your visit at least five working days in advance

· only travel to John Sinclair House after receiving confirmation of your booking

· request the material you want to consult in advance, including any material normally on open access, such as books.

· delay your visit if you are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms

· respect the Government guidance on physical distancing and hygiene, including wearing a face covering unless you have a legitimate reason not to do so

· observe the safety measures that we have put in place

· be patient and polite with our staff while you visit, and understand our services are limited at this time

· notify us in advance, where possible, if you are delayed or unable to visit


Find out more about what to expect on your visit. Still have questions? Take a look at our FAQs


Availability of Material 

As part of our Archive Digital Projects 2018-2021, some material may be briefly unavailable in our Search Room. For more information on this project and how we are increasing our volume of digital material and making this available online, visit our page.



Archives - these can be identified by searching Canmore

Library - the library catalogue is available here

Green Boxes – a list of the Archaeology Green Boxes, and the Architecture Green Boxes is available to aid identification of the boxes you might require on a visit

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Digitisation and Copying Services

We provide a range of copying facilities in the Search Room and permit self-copying (cameras or phones) of certain material. We can also offer high quality professional digitisation and printing.



Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 3pm

We are closed on these days:

  • St Andrew's Day 30th Nov 2020
  • Christmas and New Year 21st December 2020 - 4th January 2021



John Sinclair House, 16 Bernard Terrace, Edinburgh EH8 9NX. The Search Room is on the first floor and is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.

Bernard Terrace is located off South Clerk Street in Newington, Edinburgh and is served by a number of buses. Limited car parking is available for visitors to the rear of the building.


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Help Topics

Help is available on the following items. Please click on the relevant link below to read more. If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact us.