Library Services Update 2021-22
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.
Using the Library in 2021/22
In line with Scottish Government and University guidance, we are delighted to be able to welcome our students, staff and all external users into our library buildings to study, browse and borrow books. Health and safety remains our top priority, and plans may change if guidance is updated. To keep us all safe we are still encouraging library users to
- wear face coverings. https://www.ed.ac.uk/news/covid-19/covid-measures/face-coverings
- use our hand sanitising stations
- Use cleaning materials provided to clean desk surfaces and computer accessories
We are continuing our services for library users who prefer to work remotely or are unable to come onto campus, with digital library resources that include over 2 million e-books.
ECA Library has re-opened
Following a period of temporary closure due to a power outage, ECA Library has re-opened to users from 9am on Monday 20 June.
From 20 June onwards, please borrow and return all ECA Library books and other lending materials at ECA Library.
New Click and Collect requests have been suspended from 12noon on Thursday 16 June. From 20 June, ECA Library will be open normal vacation opening hours of 9am-4:50pm, Monday to Friday.
We thank library users for their understanding during the closed period.
For more information visit: https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/using-library/borrowing-a-book/books
Main Library Edhelp Service Desk open Sundays 12-5pm during Summer vacation
The Edhelp Service Desk will be open 12-5pm on Sundays. We are piloting this service in order to gauge user demand over the vacation period.
For more information about EdHelp and Library opening hours, please follow links below.
EdHelp - http://www.ed.ac.uk/edhelp
Library opening hours - https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/library-museum-gallery/using-library/library-opening
Your University student card is also your library card, you will need it to access library buildings and borrow print materials. Please use the links below to find updated information on how to request and receive your card.
From Monday 7th February 2022 University of Edinburgh Libraries are fully open to all categories of external membership. However during the exam period access to the Main Library and Law Library is restricted for Reference users including SCONUL Reference users.
Please apply to access the library by e-mailing: email@example.com (Please include in your email your existing card reference number starting ‘200..’ if applicable).
We will reply to you with important information for access within 7 days. Please wait for our reply before visiting our libraries.*
*We may not be able to process your membership if you do not follow these steps.*
From the 30th of August 2021 study space will return to a walk up service across the campus with the exception of a small number of bookable study spaces on the 3rd and 5th floors of the Main Library in George Square. This means that you will no longer need to book study space unless you wish to.
For more information on how study spaces work please use the link below.
Study spaces and 'noisy zones'
Students are welcome to watch online lectures in any of our study spaces. If you do need to ask questions while participating in online lectures please use one of our designated ‘noisy zones’, to reduce disruption to other students. A list of designated 'noisy zones' is available on the Study spaces and 'noisy zones' webpage.
Face coverings are no longer legally required in indoor spaces, however the Scottish Government strongly recommend that you continue to wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces.
We encourage staff and students to continue to wear a face covering in indoor or communal areas on our campuses - for example in corridors, study spaces and libraries , on-campus shops, cafes and restaurants, unless seated to eat or drink - and when required for local health and safety practices.
Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe
We recognise that some students will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Edinburgh, or self-isolate in their accommodation throughout term in order to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The Library can offer services which may support students during this time. Please visit our Library support for self-isolating students page for more information.
Library Updates Newsletter Library Updates is a monthly online newsletter, sharing the latest news on library services, resources and projects.
The SCONUL Access scheme reopened on Monday 15 November, 2021.
Although most member libraries will continue to participate in the scheme, some have not yet reopened to all users. Please check with each library before you visit.
For more information, please follow links below.
Frequently Used Services
- Library Opening Hours
- Finding Resources
- Borrowing books and other resources
- Returns, fines and notices
- Interlibrary Loans
- Request A Book
- Centre for Research Collections
Library opening hours may have to change in response to adverse weather or the COVID-19 situation. Please check our web pages before you visit, and for the latest updates, follow our twitter feeds at @isalerts, @EdUniLibrary&Museums and @EdUniMainLib.
Help and support
- Coronavirus Updates - University page with the latest news about the institution's response to the COVID-19 pandemic
- EdHelp - For general queries about library services or any other student support
- Academic Support Librarians - For support with finding and using resources for research, teaching or study
- Resource Lists - For help with accessing and using resource lists
- Donations - For advice about donating materials to the library