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Welcome to the home page of the Library and Archives of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh.

The Royal Observatory possesses one of the most comprehensive collections of astronomical literature in existence. The library system, which serves the UK ATC, the IfA of the Unversity of Edinburgh and other bona fide researchers comprises the Main Library, the Crawford Collection and,the ROE Archives.

Search the Main Library Catalogue

Crawford Collection Images Sample

Science & research from the UK ATC

Research preprints from the IfA - University of Edinburgh

Our postal address is:

The Library
Royal Observatory
Blackford Hill

Tel. +44(0) 131 668 8395 {PLEASE NOTE this number is for the library only : for ROE reception please call +44 (0)131 668 8100}


PLEASE NOTE: All undergraduate & postgraduate students, post-docs, and staff members of the IfA are requested to supply their details {contact details on this page} for an ROE library account to be set up. Once this is set up, the self-check system can be used to issue items for borrowing.

Using the self-check system : simply enter your ROE library number followed by your last name : page will open and will prompt you to scan the barcode of the item(s) you wish to borrow (usually inside front cover).