Information Services

Using the Library

Please see Library Services update 2020-2021 for current service updates.

As part of the Scottish Government’s planned route map out of lockdown, it is expected that Edinburgh will move to restriction Level 3 on Monday 26th April. From this date, we expect to be able to reopen all remaining libraries, remove barriers to print collections and restart self-issue book machines in order to give University library users self-service access to print collections.

While browsing access to Library collections is suspended, we continue to provide access to print collections through our Click & Collect and Scan & Deliver services. [add links to C&C and S&D]

In response to students’ requests about increased access to study spaces throughout the forthcoming revision and exam period, we are making the following changes:

  • From 6th April, 176 study spaces will open at Murchison House, King’s Buildings
  • From 19th April, 57 study spaces will open at the Fire Station, ECA
  • From 26th April, all remaining centrally managed study spaces and all libraries will reopen

When using these study spaces, you must adhere to 2 metre physical distancing and a face covering worn at all times.

You must make a study space booking in advance to use a study space.





Library Services Update 2020-21

Library locations

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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