PPLS Library

A dedicated library at 7 George Square.

Facilities include

PPLS Library picture of books

Quiet study space in rooms G1 and G4.

Wifi (eduroam) and power sockets throughout the library.

Open access PC and EdPrint Multifunction Device (photocopy/print/scan) in Room G5.

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Access and opening times

PPLS Library is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

It is staffed:

  • Tuesdays 9am to 5pm
  • Wednesdays 9am to 5pm
  • Thursdays 9am to 12.30pm

Different staffing times may apply during University vacations.

All University of Edinburgh readers may use the library when it is staffed. 

PPLS staff and students (including undergraduates) also have access when it is not staffed (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).  Access outside staffing times is by swipe card.  Ask the librarian for further information.

Week beginning 22 April -  For one week only the library will be staffed each day Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Enquiries or requests for books outside staffing times can be made by filling out the simple form below. Your enquiry will be answered promptly when the librarian is next working.

        Request a book or make an enquiry

        PPLS Librarian.


The library holds books covering all PPLS subject areas with more substantial collections of philosophy and psychology monographs.

Philosophy books are held in Room G4. Psychology and language sciences books are in Rooms G1 and G2, with a small collection of parapsychology books in Room G5.

Short loan books (one week loan) are available from the Library Office.

A comprehensive collection of psychological tests is available to borrow for student research projects.

Psychological test collection

The library holds undergraduate psychology dissertations from 1947 to 2019.

Borrowing books

Books from the PPLS Library may be borrowed by all students and staff.

Books held on open shelves are standard loan. Short loan (one week) books are available from the librarian's office.

Please fill  out a borrowing slip and leave it in the secure box provided in the reading room. Your loan will be entered on your library record later. 

Loan due dates are set to accommodate part-time staffing.

Please return books to the 'Returned Books' box outside the library.

Dissertation archive

Student dissertations held by the library.

Finding resources

Find literature and resources for your study and research.

Koestler parapsychology library

A small parapsychology library situated in 7 George Square

Psychological tests

Choosing and locating psychological tests and scales