Information Services

Requesting material and delivery times

How to request material from the University Collections Facility (UCF), including General Collections and Heritage Collections items.

Delivery of material from the University Collections Facility (formerly the Library Annexe) is provided free of charge for staff and students of the University of Edinburgh. Interlibrary loan quotas and charges do not apply to requests made from University of Edinburgh Library sites.

The UCF provides a delivery service of General Collections and Heritage Collections material two times a week (Wednesdays and Fridays). Delivery will normally be within three to four working days.

General Collections material

Request individual physical items

If you wish to consult a whole journal or book, you may request the item using DiscoverEd, the University’s Library Discovery Service. The User Guide provides information on how to do this:



Items can be delivered to any of the University of Edinburgh Library sites. Once collected, material may also be returned to any University of Edinburgh library.

Please note, due to storage limitations at Library Helpdesks, we cannot normally send more than five physical items for consultation at any one time.

Use DiscoverEd to make a request

Request Heritage Collections, including LHSA material

Requests to view this material can be arranged by contacting

All such material must be consulted in the reading room in the Centre for Research Collections. 

How to make a request if you are a reference user

Reference users of the Libraries may request items for consultation using the forms below. Please return completed forms to any of the Library Helpdesks or send a copy of your request to the UCF Email:

Request the permanent return of an item, a collection or series to the Main Library

Requests for the permanent return of an item, a collection or series of material to the Main Library should be made by using the forms provided.