Postgraduate online learning
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Accessing the Library

As an online learner, you will have access to an extensive range of e-books, ejournals and databases which you can use while studying.

There are over 2.2 million e-books, 206,000 e-journals and 900 databases available via the Library, including most of the core readings and resources required for our programmes. The Library has an e-preference collection policy, which means the online version of a new resource is purchased if possible.

You can also access:

  • 115,000 streaming videos
  • 11,000 scanned book chapters and journal articles
  • 44,000 digitised books, images and resources from Library and University collections
  • 30,000 digitised University of Edinburgh theses can be found on DiscoverEd
  • 213,000 Open Access (OA) resources
  • 3,000 resource lists

After graduating from the University, you will still have remote access to some licenced library e-resources enabling you to continue your research and enrich your mind.

E-resources alumni access

To start exploring what the Library has to offer you as an online learner, see our Getting started page.

Getting started using the Library

The programme includes access to an extensive library with leading edge research content, and talks on contemporary issues are merely a click away.

Ash Chakraborty, USA

Introduction to using the Library as an online learner (video)

Visiting a library

You can visit the University’s campus libraries if you are ever in the city, and we have agreements that allow students from the University of Edinburgh to access other libraries.

Using other libraries