Edinburgh Public Library, Scottish Capital Building Photos, Architect, Location, Date, Picture

Edinburgh Library Architecture

Public Building, Old Town, Edinburgh, Scotland design by Bennetts Associates Architects

post updated 10 January 2022 ; 13 Aug 2013

Edinburgh Central Library Renewal

Location: 7-9 George IV Bridge

Design: Bennetts Associates, Architect

Bennetts Associates appointed to re-work Edinburgh Library

13 August 2013 – Bennetts Associates’ Edinburgh studio has been commissioned to undertake a feasibility study for Edinburgh Central Library.

Foyer proposal – sketch:
Edinburgh Library
photograph © Adrian Welch

The library, housed in a Grade B listed building in the centre of the city has been serving Edinburgh for more than 100 years and has been developed piecemeal over the years to expand and meet changing requirements.

Bennetts Associates is drawing up a strategy for a major refurbishment which will reconfigure the existing facilities to improve accessibility and provide Edinburgh with a modern library that retains the best of its historic fabric. Early ideas include looking at the potential for a new cultural hub in The Vaults below George IV Bridge and a rooftop restaurant.

Existing building – external view on George IV Bridge:
Edinburgh Library George IV Bridge
photograph © Adrian Welch

Speaking about the commission James Nelmes, Associate in the Edinburgh studio, said; “It has got to the point that to do nothing isn’t an option for the library. We’re excited to be working with the team there to explore the potential the wonderful building offers to create new facilities for Edinburgh’s people and the many who visit each year.”

Edinburgh Central Library Renewal image / information from Bennetts Associates Architects

Edinburgh Public Library

Location: George IV Bridge
Dates built: 1887-90
Design: George Washington Browne Architect

Edinburgh Public Library
photo © Adrian Welch

National Library of Scotland – a building also located on George IV Bridge
National Library of Scotland
image © Adrian Welch

View from outside the building looking south down George IV Bridge towards Augustine Church:
George IV Bridge
photograph © Adrian Welch

Another Edinburgh Library: Edinburgh University Library

Located close by to the south east: Augustine Church, George IV Bridge

Located close by to the north: Missoni Hotel Edinburgh, George IV Bridge / Royal Mile (High Street)
Hotel Missoni
photograph © Adrian Welch

National Library of Scotland, Causewayside
Design: Hypostyle Architects
National Library of Scotland
National Library of Scotland: Causewayside building – image from Hypostyle Architects

National Library of Scotland architects: Hypostyle

Mitchell Library Glasgow

National Monument of Scotland

Edinburgh Buildings

National Portrait Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
photograph © Adrian Welch

Dance Base
Dance Base
image : Steffen Schefer

National Gallery of Scotland
National Gallery of Scotland
photograph © Adrian Welch

Edinburgh Airport
BAA Edinburgh
image from Reid Architecture

City Travel Inn Edinburgh
Travel Inn Edinburgh
photograph : Steffen Schefer

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