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 NHS 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 asking library users to
- wear face coverings
- use our hand sanitising stations
- Use cleaning materials provided to clean desk surfaces and computer accessories
To use library study spaces, you must use the SeatEd app for NHS Test & Protect purposes. Please refer to the key information at www.ed.ac.uk/is/study-space
We are continuing our services for library users who prefer to work remotely or are unable to come onto campus, including:
- Digital library resources including over 2 million e-books
- Scan & Deliver service
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.
Due to Covid-19, access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to: University Students, Staff, Official Visitors, NHS Lothian staff, Edinburgh Theological Seminary Staff & students (Free Church of Scotland College), Free Church of Scotland Ministers, retired ministers and staff, Church of Scotland Ministers, retired ministers & staff. It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.
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.
The Scottish Government has made the wearing of face coverings in libraries, reading rooms and study spaces mandatory. Unless you are exempt, please wear your face covering.
Please note that when using a study space you will be required to use the QR code label on the desk to check in and out of the space, to allow for contact tracing in line with the NHS Test & Protect service. 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.
The Scottish Government has made the wearing of face coverings in libraries, reading rooms and study spaces mandatory.
Unless you are exempt, please wear your face covering.
We recognise that some students will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Edinburgh, or self-isolate in their accomodation 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.
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
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