Information Services

Using the Library

We are gradually reopening our libraries in a phased programme. Please see Library Services update 2020-2021 for current service updates.

Library Services Update 2020-21

Library locations

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We are gradually re-opening our libraries in a phased programme. Please see Library Services Update 2020-2021 for current service updates.

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

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to University Students, Staff, Official Visitors and NHS Lothian 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

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