Services and Access

Consulting Our Material

Lothian Health Services Archive is based in the Centre for Research Collections (CRC) on the 6th floor of the Main Library, University of Edinburgh.  The majority of our collections are held in this building, with a proportion of lesser-used collections housed in the University Collections Facility.  Reading Room facilities are available at both locations.  There is no charge to consult our records.

Please contact us to make an appointment before visiting.  An appointment is essential for the following reasons:

  • we can ensure that a member of LHSA staff is available to help you with your research
  • we can ensure that you are directed to the correct location (Main Library or University Collections Facility) depending on which records you'd like to consult
  • we can ensure that the records you'd like to consult are ready for you on arrival, otherwise you will have to wait until the next collection time
  • we can advise you in advance of any restrictions on access which may apply.

To consult LHSA records you will be required to register for a CRC reader's ticket, please bring along two forms of ID (one photographic, e.g. driving licence; one showing your name and address, e.g. utilities bill or bank statement, please note that this must not be more than 3 months old). 

If you are not a University of Edinburgh student/member of staff and/or don't have a valid Library card, you will also be required to register as a reference only Library user. You can do this at the Ground Floor Helpdesk, the above-noted two forms of ID are again required along with a passport-size photo.

Please view our video guide for information on handling collections material safely in the CRC reading room.

Please note that if you are from a university that subscribes to the SCONUL programme, your registration process is slightly different and you need to bring the following:

  • a staff/student card for your home institution (must be photographic)
  • a print-out of an email from SCONUL confirming you have registered for access to the University of Edinburgh
  • a passport photograph.

Making an Enquiry

If you are unable to visit LHSA in person, or are unsure initially about whether we can assist you in your research, our enquiries staff are happy to help you by conducting initial searches of the Archive collections. Please contact us with any questions.

Talks and Tours

LHSA staff can give tours of the Archive and the CRC to interested parties.  We are also available to give talks about LHSA, our records, and the work we do.  Please contact us for more information.

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