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Name of Library: Dominican Priory of St Albert the Great

Address: 25 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD

Town: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 650 0900

Fax: 0131 650 0902



Alternative names

Blackfriars; Catholic Chaplaincy to Edinburgh University


Richard Conrad

Job Title


Purpose and main user community of the library

Theological study by the Dominican Friars

Terms of access

By appointment

Opening hours

As arranged with the librarian

Disabled access

Occupies several different rooms; steps up to front door.


Would supply ILL if asked, but no requests recollected.

Personal loans rare, by special arrangement with librarian



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Volumes added per year



Usual spread of subjects in a Catholic theological library. More older material on Scripture and

Church history than might be expected, but only average holdings of more recent works.

Large collections of works on Scottish history and literature, including Scottish Catholic

history. Quite good collection of Dominican history, legislation and spirituality. Much of the

standard literature by and on St. Thomas Aquinas; also the (more rarely found) works of St.

Special Collections

Complete set of Migne's Patrologia Graeca and Latina.

Dictionnaire de Theologie Catholique.

Works of Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas

Periodicals include Acta Apostolicae Sedis, Concilium (incomplete), Espirt, Blackfriars/New

Blackfriars, Life of the Spirit, Revue Thomiste, The Tablet.


Research resource

Albert the Great; Dominicana; Scottish Catholic History

Catalogue Type


URL of catalogue

Other facilities


Full Time Staff

Part Time Staff Yes

Voluntary Staff

Future plans

Computerise catalogue; take over more room to create more space for books.


Priory established 1230 and dissolved at Reformation. Re-established as Catholic Chaplaincy

at Edinburgh University in 1931. Now also a full priory and the novitiate house for the English

Dominican Friars.

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