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New College Library is open throughout the Edinburgh Festival 2013

Edinburgh Festival time is coming, and the Assembly Hall on the Mound will once again be a Festival venue.   As well as the Assembly Hall, the Rainy Hall and various other rooms at New College will be used during this year’s Festival Fringe from Thursday 18th July to Friday 30 August 2013.

New College Library remains open throughout the Festival season.   Should you see any sign at the gates saying ‘This Venue is Closed’,  this will apply only to the Festival Fringe venues and will not restrict your own access to the Library, which you can enter as usual. During Fringe performance times, access to the Quad will be controlled by Fringe staff and you are advised to carry your staff or student card, to facilitate your entry and to minimise any inconvenience.

If you are visiting Edinburgh, you are welcome to register for visitor reference access to New College Library. Please bring two forms of identity with you. We require photographic proof of identity, confirmation of current address, and a passport size/style colour photograph to register for a reference card.

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New College Library is open throughout the Edinburgh Festival

Edinburgh Festival time is coming, and the Assembly Hall on the Mound will once again be a Festival venue.   As well as the Assembly Hall, the Rainy Hall and various other rooms at New College will be used during this year’s Festival Fringe from Thursday 19th July to Friday 31st August.

New College Library remains open throughout the festival season. Between 17 and 27 July there will be set up activities in New College and the Quad which may cause noise and disruption – although the Library itself is not involved. You may wish to allow a little extra time for travelling to the Library as there may be crowds and queues. Please also remember, as always, to bring your University smart card for entrance and identification.

If you are visiting Edinburgh, you are welcome to register for visitor reference access to New College Library.

Please bring two forms of identity with you. We require photographic proof of identity, confirmation of current address, and a passport size/style colour photograph to register for a reference card.

The General Assembly and New College Library

New College is preparing for the  General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2012, which will take place between 19 and 26 May 2012.

Inside the General Assembly

This year’s debates include reports on sectarianism, domestic abuse and Gaza. Researchers wanting to trace the history of these debates, and other challenging topics such as the principles of a just war, and same-sex relationships, can consult the Reports to the General Assembly which are held in New College Library at  sLX 50 B.  Minutes of recent meetings are available from the Church of Scotland website.  The historical records of the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly are held at the National Archives of Scotland , including shorthand notes of General Assembly meetings. We expect to welcome many delegates from the Assembly as visitors to the Library, where they are welcome to use our collections of print books and journals.

New College itself will be very busy during this period, with all of the teaching rooms occupied by the Assembly. This includes the David Welsh Reading Room in New College Library which is being used for Assembly purposes. Library users are advised to carry their  UoE staff/student card with them at all times as there may be a security presence at the entrance to New College.