Information Services

Using the Library

Where the libraries are, when they are open, borrowing books, joining as a Visitor, requesting resources and more.


Library locations

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Information about University of Edinburgh Library locations.

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 new books and other resources

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If the Library does not have the items 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 to the Library's wide range of licensed e-resources provided for current staff and current matriculated students of the University to support teaching, learning and research. It provides important eligibility and copyright information relating to the use of e-resources. You are responsible for ensuring that you use these e-resources in accordance with the requirements outlined in this section. There is also information to help you solve common e-resource queries and problems.

Joining the Library

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

Using the Library for online learning

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Find out about how you can use Library resources for learning online