Research appointments

Our research appointment service in the Central Library's Information Centre is here to help you access the full range of our resources and research advice from our experienced staff.

These appointments are entirely optional and no booking is required to visit the Information Centre. If you would like a research appointment please get in touch with us and we will arrange a date and time that suits you. 


Appointment types

Whatever assistance you need, let us know and we will do our best to help. Below are examples of the type of appointment that are available:

  • Item request: to request specific items to consult. See our online catalogue to search our collection. Note however that not all library stock is listed in online. Let us know if you cannot find what you are looking for.
  • Microfilm request: to request a specific reel or reels to consult. See Newspapers Holdings on Microfilm to view our stock. We also have a collection of family history resources available on microfilm.
  • Research assistance: to get advice on how to proceed with your research or to consult a range of resources selected by our librarians based on your information needs.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) enquiries: including 1:1 IP meetings in person or online with a librarian.


Contact details

All research appointments should be arranged in advanced. Please use the below contact details and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

  • Business and Employability enquiries:
  • General Information enquiries:
  • Health and Wellbeing enquiries: 
  • Local Studies enquiries:

You can also call 01224 652500 during the Central Library's opening hours (Monday and Wednesday 9am-8pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm).

Additionally, enquiries and requests for help can be submitted on our online catalogue through our "Ask A Librarian" service.


Have a look at the FAQs below for more information about this service.

This will be confirmed by the librarian before your visit. Item and microfilm requests, as well as research assistance, will take place in the Information Centre, on the second floor of Central Library. 

Yes. Access to public PCs, study spaces for laptops and WiFi are available in the Information Centre. If you need to use a PC during your visit, let us know so that a computer can be booked in advance. 


As of Monday 21 March, the legal requirement for venues to gather details of visitors for contact tracing as part of the COVID-19 Pandemic has ended.

For further information on the NHS Scotland Test and Protect strategy please visit the NHS Inform website.


If you are unable to attend an arranged appointment, please contact the team who confirmed your appointment:,, or

We will be pleased to arrange another date and time for you to visit, if so wished.

Please do not visit the library if you feel unwell or are experiencing one of these symptoms: a high temperature, a continuous cough, a loss or change in your normal sense of taste or smell.

Yes. All departments of the Central Library are now fully accessible. Though if you want to access particular reference resources or require staff help with your research it is recommended to arrange an appointment with us beforehand.

Likewise, our microfilm reader capacity is currently reduced to enable social distancing so it is recommended to book ahead to make sure we can provide access when you visit.

Yes, printing services are available at the library. Scanning and photocopying services are also available. Furthermore, you are welcome to bring your own device (e.g. camera, phone) for copying, though copyright and other legal restrictions may apply. Please discuss with staff before making electronic copies of library material.

Yes, public toilets are available at the Central Library. Please speak to a member of staff for further guidance.

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