Information Services

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.

What is 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. This collection provides users with convenient, easy and extensive access to highly used books, whether for learning, teaching or research.

The HUB collection normally comprises HUB Reserve (3 hour loan) and HUB Short Loan (7 day loan) books. However, in 2020/21 resources to support teaching are being provided online where possible in order to support the hybrid teaching model and to reflect that it is not possible to provide a highly circulating print collection due to social distancing and the need to quarantine books between loans.

All Reserve books in the HUB, and in all site libraries, will be available for Short Loan (7 day loan) in 2020/21.

Alternative book holdings

Please note that the HUB collection represents only a small proportion of the rich and diverse collections of the University Library: there may be more copies of your book, or different books on the same subject, on upper floors of the Main Library or at another site library. In some instances, the book you want may be available electronically as an e-book.

Availability

The HUB collection is available at all times the Library is open; however, after staffed hours it is only open to those with swipe cards.

Issuing and Returning

University of Edinburgh staff and students and NHS Lothian staff who are registered with the Library may borrow from the HUB collection.

  • Please use self-issue machines to issue books and offprints before taking them out of the HUB area, even if you are intending to read them in the Library.
  • Please use the self-return machines to return HUB books and offprints.

Facilities

In addition to the self-issue machines, there are photocopiers and DiscoverEd search points provided in the HUB area. There are no study places.

Help

IS Helpdesk staff are happy to help you in your use of the HUB collection. There is a help point near the entrance/exit to the HUB area.

You can also contact the HUB team for further assistance using the contact details are below.

High Use Books (HUB) Team

Contact details