Information Services

Borrowing books and other resources

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

Using the Library in 2022/23

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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.

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.

Self-service laptops

In the Main Library and Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library, students can issue laptops to themselves using the self-service laptop cabinets.