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Name of Library: Scottish Catholic Archives

Address: Columba House, 16 Drummond Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6PL

Town: Edinburgh

Telephone: 0131 556 3661

Fax: 0131 556 3661

E-mail: archivists@scottishcatholicarchives.org.uk 

Website: http://www.scottishcatholicarchives.org.uk

Alternative names

Columba House


Andrew R. Nicoll

Job Title

Keeper of the Archives and Administrator of Columba House

Purpose and main user community of the library

Primarily a research support collection for the archive, but has strengths for university students alone

Terms of access

By appt; on production of identification and completion of application

Opening hours

M-F 09.30-13.00, 14.00-16.30

Disabled access

Outside steps; very small toilet room. Items can be transferred to other Edinburgh institutions for consultation if necessary.


ILL if requested


c 10,000

Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



0.75km linear of mss

Volumes added per year



History of pre and post Reformation Catholic Church of Scotland at home and abroad

Special Collections
  Ralph Kerr Collection, St Andrew's Drygange Collection, St Margaret's Convent Collection, McRoberts Collection, Pamphlet Collection, Religious Education Collection, Liturgy Collection


Historical collections dating from 177-1878, Diocesan Archives of Aberdeen, Dunkeld, St Andres and Edinburgh, galloway, Motherwell, Argyll and the Isles

Research resource

Pre and post reformation Scottish Catholic history

Catalogue Type

Card for printed materials; ms. catalogues for archive collections

URL of catalogue

Other facilities

Photocopying, microfilming and digitisation available by request

Full Time Staff 2

Part Time Staff 5

Voluntary Staff 3

Future plans
  Library stock to be re-catalogued and placed online. Retro-conversion and re-cataloguing of archives underway. Large amount of collection development underway for archives.

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