Information Services


Use DiscoverEd to find books, ebooks, journals, ejournals and more. Sign into your Library Account using your University Login.

Important information for Library users
Due to the current COVID restrictions and Scottish Government guidelines we ask that Library and study centres only be used for critical needs. The strong advice is that students should stay at home.
Please note that when you need to use a study space as a critical need, you must book one at least one day in advance.
Face coverings are mandatory. Visitors who do not comply with Scottish Government and University of Edinburgh face covering and distancing guidelines will be asked to leave. 
Browsing access and book borrowing of the library collections is suspended. We have launched a scan and deliver service for staff and students at the University of Edinburgh that you can use to request scans of printed materials held by the Library.  For further details see the Scan and Deliver pages.


Please see Library Services Update 2020-2021 for current service updates.


Library Services Update 2020-21

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Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19

Using the Library

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Please see Library Services update 2020-2021 for current service updates.


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Find Library resources - both print and online - and access the University's Special Collections materials, including rare books, archives, musical instruments and art collections.

Finding resources

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Find ejournals, databases, e-books, exam papers, theses and subject specific resources for your study and research.

Cultural & Heritage Collections

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How to access the University's unique cultural and heritage collections, including the Centre for Research Collections.

Exam papers online

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Exam Papers Online provides access for staff and students of the University of Edinburgh to the collected degree examination papers of the University from 2004 onwards, They may be used by students as a study aid only.

Digitisation Services

The University Library offers the following digitisation and scanning services.  

Library help

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There are various services providing library help and support.

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