Information Services

Using the Library

Please note that both book return machines in the Main Library will be out of use from 15th August - 2nd September 2019 to allow installation of new machines. During this period, please return your items to the Helpdesk or leave returned items in the return bins provided on the ground floor of the library.

Library locations

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The following pages provide full details of the locations of each of the site libraries and their respective collections.

Library opening hours

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The Library operates a number of sites with extensive opening hours throughout the year.

Borrowing books and other resources

All you need to know about borrowing from the University of Edinburgh Libraries.


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A guide to photocopying, including information on copyright, digitisation and plagiarism.

Request resources

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If the Library does not have resources which you require, find out how to request the purchase of books and other materials for addition to the collections. Details are also provided about requesting Inter-library loans, and information for course organisers on requesting E-reserve scans for teaching.

Accessing e-resources

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This section provides information on access and eligibility to the Library's wide range of licensed e-resources, and provides important copyright information on the use of e-resources. There is also information to help you solve common e-resource queries and problems.

Joining the Library

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Information on how to join and access the University of Edinburgh Libraries, what identification is required and services provided.

Online learners and students

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Find out about how you can use our library resources as an online learner or student.