Where can I get information on library and computing facilities?


At Edinburgh you have access to one of the largest and most important academic libraries in the world. Our libraries currently house around three million printed volumes and a growing number of electronic resources. These include more than 600,000 electronic books and over 20,000 electronic journals. These resources can be used remotely at any time.

See the Library website for more information.

Opening times and locations

The Library operates on a number of sites around the city. Opening times and staffed hours vary.

Our Main Library in George Square offers late opening throughout the semester and extended opening hours during exam times.

Using the library

Library staff will assist you to find what you need. Library guides and advice are also available online.


In all of our libraries, which cover different subject areas, you will find study space and computing facilities.

Using your personal laptop, or one borrowed from the library, you can also access our wireless network on-site.

Our online catalogue may be accessed from any computer.

Library events during Freshers' Week

EUSA-led general guided tours of the Main Library in George Square will take place every day (Monday to Friday) during Freshers' Week 2011. Find out how to use the library, where things are located and how to use it.

Tours of the Main Library
Date Time
Monday 12 September 201111am & 2pm
Tuesday 13 September2pm
Wednesday 14 September11am & 2pm
Thursday 15 September11am & 2pm
Friday 16 September11am & 2pm

Computing facilities

Open-access computers

Open-access computers are available in computing labs, libraries and cafes. In labs, supervisors are on hand to help with any problems.

Laptops are also available for loan at some locations.

Help and support

Online resources

There is a substantial amount of information available online which covers the main computing issues you may encounter.

Help Services

If you can't find the answer you are looking for online, contact Help Services.

IT Training

Information Services (IS) offer taught short courses and online tutorials on IT skills.

Assistive technology

Help and advice on assistive technology is available from Information Services.

Other useful information

Other useful information for new students, such about University cards, printing, borrowing and using your own computer, can be accessed from the following link:

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