Discovery is the Heriot-Watt University system that enables students and staff to identify and access library resources from any location and any device across all campuses.
It provides fast and efficient searching and filtering of resources from one place.

Go to Discovery and sign in with your usual HWU username and password.

There are user guides on our webpages:

If you need help, ask at the Service Desk in your campus library or contact us by email or phone – see Contact/Visit Us


Student quiz goes global…

Following on from the success of last year’s quiz for new students (see Vision Quiz Winners) we are running it again this year – but this time we have gone global giving students on all campuses the chance to take part while they explore the services we offer both globally and locally.

It’s quick, it’s easy – and it gives prizes…

Get all the answers correct and you will be entered into a prize draw with 3 lucky winners drawn from each campus.

The quiz is in Vision (our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) in the Skills for Success organization.

  • Once you are fully enrolled you can log into Vision
    See the Student Guide to Vision for a quick overview of the VLE
  • All new students are automatically enrolled on Skills for Success.

To enter

  1. Log into Vision using your HWU UserID and password
  2. Click on Skills for Success
  3. Select New Students Quiz from the top of the menu on the left
  4. Choose the quiz for your campus

VisionQuizYou can try the quiz as often as you like from 1st September to 30th September.

Your highest score will count.

Good luck!

Retirement of Peter Sandison

Colleagues and friends have gathered to mark the retirement of Peter Sandison, Campus Library Manager for the Scottish Borders Campus, who has led our support of the co-located  students and staff of Heriot-Watt University and Borders College since 2007.

Peter with two former colleagues

Peter’s first contact with Heriot-Watt University occurred when he was a teacher on an English Language Summer School in the 1970s. In 1987 he was appointed Assistant Librarian at the Martindale Library of what was known then as the Scottish College of Textiles (SCOT). In 1996, having been Acting Chief Librarian, Peter converged the college’s Library, Computing and Audio-Visual services together and was appointed Head of Educational Services. The Scottish College of Textiles merged with Heriot-Watt  in 1998, and Peter became Manager of Library Services & Information Systems at the new Scottish Borders Campus. Borders College joined HWU at SBC in 2007, when Peter became Campus Library Manager. Additionally, Peter coordinated Friends International Borders, an informal group of local volunteers offering friendship and hospitality to overseas students at the Scottish Borders Campus.

Peter embraced all of these changes with gusto and consistently applied his considerable energy to enhancing the services he and his colleagues offered students and academics. He has worked enthusiastically with colleagues across Information Services globally, and brought his extensive experience to bear in formal committees and informal groups, always seeking to enhance the range and quality of our services. In 2015 Peter’s work was recognised through the Sprit of Heriot-Watt Award for Pursuing Excellence.

We thank Peter for all his work and friendship over the years and wish him a long and happy retirement.


Free – online EndNote training

Dates have been posted at for August, September and October.


Check out the other EndNote training resources at .

Work in progress – Learning Commons (Edinburgh campus)

Located on the ground floor of the Hugh Nisbet Building, this new supported study and learning environment is currently on it’s way from this…


to this…


Due to open in September 2016, the space will complement and supplement the Cameron Smail Library and provide: –

  • State-of-the-art digital learning and study facilities
  • Over 200 seats offering a variety and choice of learning and study settings
  • Collaboration and communication technologies, including screens which can be shared amongst users supporting a range of digital sources
  • Mixed study, with particular focus on collaborative learning facilities
  • A convenient central, accessible location
  • A support service during core hours

The Learning Commons will be located next to the Elements catering outlet.

BoB upgrade: August 2016

The new Box of Broadcasts went live on 1 August.

Initial improvements include a fresh look, enhanced video quality and more powerful searching capabilities.


BoB is being upgraded throughout August and there will be limited content and functionality available during this period.

From September 2016, when the upgrade is complete, improvements will include: –

  • A platform working across desktop, iOS and Android devices
  • Media records based on our TRILT metadata, supporting more powerful searching capabilities
  • Better programme coverage and a permanent archive of all broadcast content from nine channels: BBC1 London / BBC2 / BBC4 / ITV London / Channel 4 / More4 / Channel 5 / BBC Radio 4 / BBC Radio 4 Extra
  • Better thumbnail previews on search results
  • Preview clips before saving
  • Label your own clips
  • Personalised email alerts when programmes are ready to view
  • More detailed citation data

BoB apologise for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade period.

See BoB for more  for more information.

Using Discovery

Returning students will notice that the interface used for searching for library resources has changed.

Not only has the interface changed, but you can now search through all our library resources from one place.

How to sign in

  1. Go to Discovery
  2. Click Sign in – top right hand corner
  3. Click Heriot-Watt staff & students
  4. Enter your HWU Username and password (same ones that you use for Vision)
  5. Click Login

User Guides

To help you get started see the user guides on our webpages:

How do I get help?

Ask at the Service Desk in your campus library or contact us by email or phone – see Contact/Visit Us

Information Services Quiz Winner!

We were delighted to host a visit from the 3rd cohort of pre-sessional students in July. The visit was designed to help the students find out about the  library and IT resources and the services they will use in their studies.  This was followed by a quiz with one lucky winner chosen from the correct entries.  Congratulations Benjamin!


Getting ready for resits?

It’s August – so it’s resit month!

You might like to check out some of our exam and revision preparation tips in earlier blog posts –  Resits? Don’t panic.., Exam prep reminders and our tips for creating a revision timetable – to help you get yourself ready for the next few weeks.

The Edinburgh Campus Library will remain open until 8pm Monday – Thursday for the summer revision and resit period.  For all our opening times see Library opening hours

Our Effective Learning Advisor is available if you need help with your revision strategies – see Study Support for contact details, and Revision & exams for tips and links to other support services across the university.

New! Vision Power Hour

A new Vision topic has just been added to the summer Power Hour programme.

Vision: Preparing a course for Semester 1 2016/17

This hands on session will focus on key tasks to prepare your Vision course for the start of the year.

After this session you will be able to:

  • Highlight course goals and objectives
  • Enhance content presentation
  • Update course content


  • Wednesday 31 August from  1000 – 1100
  • Friday 16 September from 1400 – 1500


Teaching room in the Edinburgh campus library.

Book your place

You can book your place on a workshop at

Places are limited to 10 delegates per session.

Summer Power Hour Programme

There are still a few spaces on some of the August Power Hours already advertised.

  • Introduction to Office 365
  • Introduction to OneDrive
  • EndNote
  • Discovery

Full details at Power Hours


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