Psychology and philosophy library

A dedicated library at 7 George Square

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The University's Main Library is now open on a limited basis. Other site libraries including the PPLS Library remain closed for now.

Books borrowed from this library may be returned to the Main Library.

Covid-19 library updates

The PPLS librarian is available remotely to answer enquiries. Working hours may vary.

PPLS learning resources (requires your University Login)

Contact the librarian directly

Karen Fleet


  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details

Students studying in the Psychology and Philosophy Library at 7 George Square

Facilities include

  • Quiet study spaces with power sockets  in rooms G1 and G4.
  • Wifi (eduroam) throughout the library.
  • Networked printing and photocopier, with computers for student use in room G5.
  • Search tool for Edinburgh University Library DiscoverEd
  • If the University Library doesn't have what you are searching for, consult Library Resources Plus

Opening hours

The library is staffed full-time during semester Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 5pm.

All University readers may visit the library or borrow books when it is staffed. Enquiries or requests for books outwith staffing hours can be made by email and will be answered promptly when the librarian is next working.

During University vacations the library is staffed part-time.

Out of hours access

Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences staff, postgraduates, and 3rd and 4th year undergraduates (including those taking joint honours courses or the Cognitive Science degree programme ) may also use the Library when it is not staffed (including weekends) until 10pm. Students should leave the building at 9.30pm in time for the gates being closed at 10pm.

Access to the Library and 7 George Square outside normal office hours is by matriculation/staff card and accompanying security pin number. Your number can be found at the 'Accounts' tab on MyEd. Please register with the librarian to ensure your card is activated.

External readers

If you're external to the University of Edinburgh, you may use the library on production of an appropriate card obtained from the University's Main Library Help Desk. We regret that external readers may not borrow items from the Reserve Section.

Borrowing rules

Books which are on PPLS course reading lists are held in the Reserve Section. This is located in the Librarian's office and items are for short-term loan.

There are two short loan periods: 9am to 4pm during the day or overnight from 4pm to 10am the following day. Books borrowed on Friday afternoons may be borrowed until 10am the following Monday morning.

Reserve section books may be requested up to 4 days in advance.

Books on the open shelves must be signed for but may be borrowed for a longer period. Ask the librarian for further information.

All print journals are for reference use only.

Dissertation archive

Student dissertations held by the library.

Finding resources

Find literature and resources for your study and research.

Koestler parapsychology library

Situated in 7 George Square and open Monday to Friday 9:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00

Psychological tests

Using psychological tests