Local studies

Midlothian Local Studies and Archive Service holds a huge range of information about the history and culture of Midlothian. We are now based in Dalkeith Library, with our special, fragile and rare collections now held securely off-site at our Archive centre.

Opening hours

Local Studies & Archives is open to the public the same hours as Dalkeith Library:

  • Monday 9.30am - 8.15pm
  • Tuesday 1.00pm - 8.15pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 1.00pm
  • Thursday 9.30am - 8.15pm
  • Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm
  • Saturday 9.30am - 1.00pm

You are welcome to browse our local studies collection during these hours. To help you find specific information, we are happy to make you an appointment.

If you need access to our special collections held at our archive centre, please email local.studies@midlothian.gov.uk or come to Dalkeith Library . Archives will aim to provide the items you requested by Thursday afternoon for all items requested before midday each Wednesday.

For more information please contact:

How to find us

By public transport

The 3, 33, 49 buses run regularly from the centre of Edinburgh and stop immediately outside the building.

The 40 bus runs from Musselburgh to Dalkeith

The 39 runs between Woodburn and Gorebridge, also stopping at Dalkeith Library.

By car

There is no on street parking beside Dalkeith Library. Free parking is available in surrounding streets.