Library Services Updates FAQs
A list of Frequently Asked Questions about our current Library Services.
Do I have to book to use The Library's study spaces?
Yes. You are required to book to use the study spaces in the libraries. Full details and how to book:
Can I turn up at a library and find an empty study space?
No. Study spaces should be booked in advance.
- You may be asked to show your booking on your phone. Therefore, it is advisable to take a screen capture of your booking at the time.
Can specific desks be booked?
Yes. If you know the name of the desk, you can check its availability on the booking system.
How long is a study space booking slot?
Before 17:00 - 2 hours.
After 17:00 - 4 hours.
Can I stay at the desk beyond the time booked?
No. Please only use a study desk for the time period you have booked it. Make another booking to stay longer.
What is the maximum number of study space bookings I can have at any one time?
8 hours worth of booked slots is the maximum you may have at any one time.
- This limit is an attempt to make sure everyone has a fair chance of booking study space.
How far in advance can slots be booked?
Bookings are available 8 days in advance
Can a staff member book a desk on behalf of a student?
This is not currently available.
Will bookable study rooms be available?
No. Covid-19 social distancing requirements mean that these rooms are not currently available for group use. We encourage you to arrange group study sessions online using software such as Collaborate, Teams or Zoom.
Are study spaces being cleaned?
All study spaces are cleaned at the start of each day. Cleaning materials are provided and you are expected to clean the desk before and after you use it.
- Please inform library staff if cleaning supplies need replenished.
Using print library collections:
Can I borrow printed books from the library?
Teaching materials are being provided online wherever possible, but print collections are also available to be borrowed.
All library items will be quarantined for 72 hours on their return. The quarantine period has been determined through assessment with Health and Safety teams and will be reviewed regularly.
How many books can be borrowed in total?
Borrowing limits remain at their previous levels - see the borrowing a book pages for more information.
What are the loan periods for Reserve, Short and Standard loan?
Our loan periods for Reserve items are being extended to one week. Loan periods for other items remain at previous levels.
Please see 'How long can I borrow a book' for further information.
What is available via the interlibrary loan service?
We are resuming wider interlibrary loans services from the 21st September. Further updates will be posted on the Interlibrary Loan pages.
Using the Centre for Research Collections:
Can I just come to the CRC or do I need to book?
Appointments may not always be possible on specific dates due to the availability of space and priority will be given to University of Edinburgh students and researchers. We also ask if you can register online before coming to the CRC for your appointment if possible and we are also operating under reduced hours and are currently only open from 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday. You can find more information about visiting the CRC on our website here.
Can I access CRC resources remotely?
We are aiming to have a teaching suite with a number of visualisers and webcams ready to be booked by educators from the start of term. We are also working on setting up a remote consultation service whereby readers can request to view individual items from our collections via a variety of different online methods. For more information on both services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Will there be tours of the libraries for new students?
No in-person tours are planned, due to Covid-19 spaces and physical distancing restrictions.
Will uCreate facilities be available this semester?
Yes, the uCreate Studio will be available. For more information see: https://www.ucreatestudio.is.ed.ac.uk/