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Help and advice for Midlothian Council Library - Local Studies Centre

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Midlothian Council Library - Local Studies Centre

The Local Study Centre at Loanhead is located on the main road as you enter the town from Edinburgh. There are no restrictions to services and postal enquiries can be carried out with no charge. The study room is moderately small but houses the following:-

  • Microfilm Reader
  • Microfilm/Microfiche Reader/Printer
  • Microfiche Reader
  • Public access computers
  • and access to a Photocopier


The staff are very friendly and helpful. If you wish to contact the Local Studies Centre either write to the address below, or simply telephone, fax or e-mail.

Address :
Local Studies Officer
Midlothian Council Library
2 Clerk Street
EH20 9DR

Tel: 0131 271 3976

Fax: 0131 440 4635

E-mail: local.studies[at][dot]uk
Website: Local Studies

Specific enquiries relating to the Midlothian area (pre 1950) can be dealt with. This does not include the central Edinburgh Parishes. Enquiries are taken in turn, so please expect a delay. Please provide brief details if you are unable to come in in person. Staffing is limited and Local Studies is extremely busy. If you are able to come in person you will find OPRs, Censuses 1841-1901, Valuation rolls, MIs and many other useful sources of information.


Monday, 9:00 - 5.00 & 6.00 - 8.00

Tues, Wed & Thurs, 9.00 - 5.00

Friday, 9.00 - 3.45