Information Services

Borrowing books and other resources

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

Changes to Library services from 26 April 2021 

In line with the Scottish Government’s planned route map out of lockdown, Edinburgh University Library is re-opening more services.
All remaining libraries (with the exception of The School of Scottish Studies Archives and Library) have reopened. Barriers to print collections have been removed and self-issue book machines restarted in order to give University library users self-service access to print collections. The Click & Collect Service is now closed as user browsing and borrowing of collections has resumed. We continue to provide access to the Scan & Deliver service.
All centrally managed study spaces have opened and full details are available on the Study Spaces website.
Please Note: when using these study spaces, you must pre-book, adhere to 2 metre physical distancing and wear a face covering at all times.  

 

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.