COVID-19 Library Updates
Information about Library & University Collections services in response to COVID-19
This page will be kept up to date with information about Library & University Collections facilities and services.
Library closures: all libraries closed until further notice
Please note that all libraries are closed until further notice.
All face-to-face services at the Centre for Research Collections, St Cecilia's Hall, School of Scottish Studies Archives & Library, and the University Collections Facility are closed. See the Centre for Research Collections website for more information:
University of Edinburgh loans
All items currently on loan which were due between 1st January 2020 and 21st June 2020 will have their due date changed to at least the 22nd June 2020. No fines will accrue on items over this period.
- All current recalls and requests are cancelled
- Maximum number of items for staff and students has been increased to 100
- Maximum number of reserves is set at 6
We’re currently not able to accept book returns as our University Libraries are closed but we’re looking into ways that you can return your borrowed items so keep checking this page for updates.
No fines will accrue on items over this period and users will not be fined for the late return of items due to the current Library closures.
Please retain your ILL items at the moment, to be returned when we are again able to provide access to our libraries.
For help with accessing online Library resources, including support for online learning and teaching:
For information about the availability of E-reserve services:
For information about temporary extended access to e-books and other e-resources:
Help and support
For information on finding academic literature, referencing and more for all subjects:
For guidance on preparing for online exams:
For sessions on using the Library's online resources:
Events @ Edinburgh event booking: Library Bitesize - Using the online Library (University login required)
Online learning pages
For information about how to use online resources, including prerecorded Bitesize sessions:
Help from Academic Support Librarians
For library-related support for teaching, learning and research, Academic Support Librarians are available for all subject areas. For resources and guidance see:
University-wide COVID-19 updates
For the latest information and advice from the University of Edinburgh see the University's updates page: