Information Services

Request material

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

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:



Delivery times for requested material

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 Special Collections, University Archives and LHSA material

Requests to view this material must be arranged via the CRC reception on the 6th floor of the Main Library.

All such material must be consulted in the specialist reading room in the CRC or at the University Collections Facility, under supervision. Material within these collections may not be consulted in other Library sites, or requested for delivery to other Site Libraries.

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.