Information Services

Leisure Reading Collection (Libby)

Current students and staff can dip in to the Library's Leisure Reading Collection which includes popular fiction and non-fiction e-books and audiobooks by a wide range of authors covering many genres.   

Logo of the Libby app


The Library’s curated collection of leisure reading titles on Libby can be accessed by current students and staff in two ways:


  • download the Libby app on your mobile phone or tablet and search for University of Edinburgh


Once you have accessed the University of Edinburgh Libby website on your desktop or the downloaded Libby app on your phone/tablet,

  • Select Sign in via your Library card
  • Login with your regular University of Edinburgh login


You can then start to browse and borrow e-books or audio books to begin your next great reading adventure.


  • Information on downloading the Libby app is available here
  • For information about using the Libby app look here


Please note that whilst Libby e-books and audiobooks can be accessed on mobile phones and tablets using the Libby app, they cannot be transferred to Kindles.


What you can do on the University of Edinburgh Libby app

  • Check out up to 3 titles at a time 
  • Borrow e-books for up to 14 days  
  • Borrow audiobooks for up to 14 days 
  • Place up to 3 holds on titles that are currently checked out 

Why do I have to wait for a book to be available for me to borrow?

Libby is similar to a public library lending service as publishers generally make their books available with only one reader able to access a copy of a book at one time (one copy/one user).

If a book which you want to read is already out on loan to another reader, you can place a hold on it and the Libby app will alert you when it is available for you to borrow.

The Library may be able to purchase multiple copies of very popular books, but we want to provide the widest possible range of titles within our available budget so this may not always be possible. 

Many public library services across the UK provide a version of the Libby service and hold very large collections of popular reading.  For example, the Edinburgh City Libraries Libby service is available to all members with an Edinburgh area (EH) postcode and details of how to become a member can be found here .


The Library is adding books to this collection regularly, so do check in to the Libby app regularly to see what's new.


Selection of book covers
A selection of hand-picked e-books available in the University of Edinburgh Libby leisure reading collection