Playfair Library Hall

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The foundation stone of the present Old College was laid in 1789, with the original plan of the building prepared by Robert Adam. Adam died before the building was completed and work was further hindered by the Napoleonic Wars. Building resumed properly in 1816 when William Playfair was appointed to complete the building.

Playfair altered the original design and was responsible for the terrace, the Natural History Museum (now the Talbot Rice Gallery) and the Playfair Library Hall which bears his name.

Getting to Playfair Library Hall

The following Lothian buses will take you to Playfair Library Hall:
2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37, 47, 49

There is an NCP car park at Quartermile.

Accessing Playfair Library Hall

  • Ramped access 
  • If you require a lift, the entrance is at the mail room door on the left. There is an 'accessible entrance' sign at the door. Customers not requiring use of the lift can enter through the steep main entrance on South Bridge. At the top of this ramp there are 27 stone steps which take you to the Senate Hall entrance. Once inside our box office is on the left. Lift to all levels inside the mail room, the lift is 1m x 1.2m once inside, the lift door is 74cm wide
  • One unisex accessible toilet and non-accessible toilets available on first floor