Reserving library books – when and how to do it #edincampuslib

Reserving a book is a service you can use if the book is not available on the shelves in the library.

When you search for a book using the library catalogue, if the results show that there is a copy ‘Not on loan’ then you should go and look for it on the shelves as it should be available. This is the quickest way to get a book that you need.


However if all the copies are ‘On loan’ or ‘Renewed’, which means they are out to another borrower, then it is possible to reserve a book.  You can reserve a book by using the ‘request this item’ option in the catalogue. You will then need to log in with your library card barcode and your name


The library will ask the borrower to return the item and will inform you by email when it is available for collection from the library.

Reserved books are now available for self-service pick up at anytime 24/7.
When you receive the email informing you that the book is ready, come to the library and look for the book with your name on it.  The Reserved Books shelves can be found near the library entrance next to the self-service kiosks.

ReservedbooksshelfTo collect your reserved item:

  • Look for the book with your name on the spine
  • Remove the paper book jacket cover and place in the container at the bottom of the shelves
  • Issue the book to your account using the self-service kiosk
  • When you are finished with the book return it using the self-service kiosk and place in the book return bin
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