Using the Library
Please see Library Services update 2020-2021 for current service updates.
Changes to Library services from 26 April 2021
In line with the Scottish Government’s planned route map out of lockdown, Edinburgh University Library is re-opening more services.
All remaining libraries (with the exception of The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library) have reopened. Barriers to print collections have been removed and self-issue book machines restarted in order to give University library users self-service access to print collections. The Click & Collect Service is now closed as user browsing and borrowing of collections has resumed. We continue to provide access to the Scan & Deliver service.
All centrally managed study spaces have opened and full details are available on the Study Spaces website.
Please Note: when using these study spaces, you must pre-book, adhere to 2 metre physical distancing and wear a face covering at all times.
Please see Library Services Update 2020-2021 for current service updates.
Library opening hours
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.
A guide to photocopying, including information on copyright, digitisation and plagiarism.
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.
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
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.
Using the Library for online learning
Find out about how you can use Library resources for learning online