Information Services

Using the Library

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

Important information for Library users
Due to the current COVID restrictions and Scottish Government guidelines we ask that Library and study centres only be used for critical needs. The strong advice is that students should stay at home.
Please note that when you need to use a study space as a critical need, you must book one at least one day in advance.
Face coverings are mandatory. Visitors who do not comply with Scottish Government and University of Edinburgh face covering and distancing guidelines will be asked to leave. 
Browsing access and book borrowing of the library collections is suspended. We have launched a scan and deliver service for staff and students at the University of Edinburgh that you can use to request scans of printed materials held by the Library.  For further details see the Scan and Deliver pages.


Library Services Update 2020-21

Library locations

Aerial photo of central area
Please see Library Services Update 2020-2021 for current service updates.

Library opening hours

clock face
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.


photocopy and print sign
A guide to photocopying, including information on copyright, digitisation and plagiarism.

Request resources

student sitting at PC
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

laptop and book
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

A laptop under multicoloured lights
Find out about how you can use Library resources for learning online