The ScotlandsPeople Centre has two search rooms in General Register House and New Register House. Each has its own unique style and character.
Survey work begins on the Adam Dome.
The main entrance to General Register House (GRH) will be closed from 15 April 2019 until further notice, to allow for specialist consultants to carry out investigation work on the Adam Dome in General Register House, one of the world’s oldest custom built archive buildings still in its original use.
Search room facilities will remain open and all visitors to the Reid, Historical and Legal Search Rooms should report to the relevant search room via the Garden entrance. Signage will be in place to direct customers and visitors.
All other visitors should go to the main reception area or the accessible reception, both at New Register House.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this investigation work.
This search room is named after the architect Robert Reid (1774-1856) who completed the work on General Register House in the 1820s after Robert Adam’s death.
It is located on the ground floor of General Register House and can be accessed via the main entrance to General Register House or the Archivists' Garden.
It has 36 bookable seats. Printers are on hand for customers to print off copies of historical documents for a fee.
The Reid Room also provides:
- One stand alone computer with access to Virtual Volumes and the Library catalogue;
- Three adjustable desks for wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments. These seats can be booked online on our ScotlandsPeople website or by visiting us;
- A microfiche reader and a microfilm reader which can be used to view publications and indexes;
- A set of search room finding-aids, the Library Guide, Groome' gazetteer, Slater's directory and Post Office directories for Edinburgh and Glasgow in the wall cupboards on the south wall.
This search room is named after William Pitt Dundas, the first Registrar General for Scotland. It is located on the ground floor of New Register House and can be accessed via the building’s main entrance or the Archivists’ Garden.
The Dundas Room has nine standard computer desks plus one adjustable desk for wheelchair users or people with mobility impairments that can be booked online. Printers are available for customers to print off copies of historical documents for a fee.
It also provides:
- ScotlandsPeople Centre Reference Library books including the monumental inscriptions collection;
- A stand alone computer providing access to digital publications and databases such as FamilySearch;
- A microfiche reader and a microfilm reader;
- A set of search room finding-aids.