Information Services

Using the Library

Please see Library Services update 2021-2022 for current service updates.

Using the Library in 2021/22

In line with Scottish Government and University guidance, we are delighted to be able to welcome our students, staff and NHS users into our library buildings to study, browse and borrow books. Health and safety remains our top priority, and plans may change if guidance is updated. To keep us all safe we are still asking library users to

  • wear face coverings
  • use our hand sanitising stations
  • Use cleaning materials provided to clean desk surfaces and computer accessories


To use library study spaces, you must use the SeatEd app for NHS Test & Protect purposes.  Please refer to the key information at 

We are continuing our services for library users who prefer to work remotely or are unable to come onto campus, with digital library resources that include over 2 million e-books.


Library Services Update 2021-22

Library locations

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Please see Library Services Update 2021-2022 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, 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, Alumni, SCONUL Access BANDS A, B, C and Reference, SRUC students, Friends of the Library and Life members of the Library. 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