Information Services

Borrowing books and other resources

All you need to know about borrowing from the University of Edinburgh Libraries.

Changes to Main Library services from 26 December 2020
Due to the Scottish Government tier 4 restrictions starting on Boxing Day, when the Main Library re-opens on the 27 December, browsing access and book borrowing of the library collections is suspended. We are developing a new Scan & Deliver service which will provide some access to our print collections, more information will be provided as this becomes available.
Access to the library for bookable study space and the EdHelp service desk is still available.


How to borrow and renew books

A guide to taking out a book from one of our Edinburgh University Libraries, including information on entitlements, facilities and regulations.

Interlibrary Loans and access to other libraries

All you need to know about accessing material from other libraries.

Who can borrow?

All registered staff and students of the University of Edinburgh are automatically entitled to free borrowing from the University's libraries. Borrowing is also open to other categories of library users.

The HUB Collection

The High Use Books (HUB) collection, located on the Ground Floor of the Main Library, comprises the most highly used lending books. Further information about the HUB is provided on this page.

Borrowing and returning laptops

The Laptop Loan service is a student service designed to enhance the provision of computing facilities for matriculated University of Edinburgh students.