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Central Library – a view from the top

During 2022 Central Library underwent a major £1.8m building works programme to make sure that the 130-year-old building continues to serve the citizens of Edinburgh for another 130 years.

In January, scaffolding started to be installed and was put up around the building to allow contractors to repair parts of the roof, windows, and replace any stonework which was in poor condition. Work inside the building included upgrades to lighting, the electrical system, some redecoration and renewing the fire safety equipment.

During November 2022, we gained privileged access to take a hard hat tour of the scaffold from the Cowgate floor climbing right to the top of the roof! These photos document some of the work which has been undertaken and also the amazing and unusual views from the scaffold and the roof of Central Library.

View of Edinburgh Castle looking west from the roof of Central Library
View of Edinburgh Castle looking west from the roof of Central Library
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Stonework, Central Library
Stonework, Central Library
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Stonework, Central Library
Stonework, Central Library
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Stone carved panels, Central Library
Stone carved panels, Central Library
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Scaffolding on front of Central Library
Scaffolding on front of Central Library
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Scaffolding on front of Central Library
Scaffolding on front of Central Library
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Worker's jacket on scaffold, Central Library
Worker's jacket on scaffold, Central Library
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Stone carved panels on Central Library
Stone carved panels on Central Library
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Stone carved panels, Central Library
Stone carved panels, Central Library
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Stone carved panels on Central Library
Stone carved panels on Central Library
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Looking into the Reference Library from scaffold on Central Library
Looking into the Reference Library from scaffold on Central Library
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Looking into the Reference Library from scaffold on Central Library
Looking into the Reference Library from scaffold on Central Library
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Looking into the Reference Library, from scaffold on Central Library
Looking into the Reference Library, from scaffold on Central Library
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St Giles viewed from scaffold on Central Library
St Giles viewed from scaffold on Central Library
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View from scaffold looking down Victoria Street
View from scaffold looking down Victoria Street
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Roof of Central Library
Roof of Central Library
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View looking towards Salisbury Crags from scaffold on Central Library
View looking towards Salisbury Crags from scaffold on Central Library
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St Giles tower viewed from scaffold on Central Library
St Giles tower viewed from scaffold on Central Library
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Plant root removed from masonry, Central Library roof
Plant root removed from masonry, Central Library roof
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View through across roofs from scaffolded Central Library
View through across roofs from scaffolded Central Library
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Roof of Central Library
Roof of Central Library
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Panorama view from the roof of Central Library
Panorama view from the roof of Central Library
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