Making the Most of the Space #edincampuslib

With revision a top priority this week and exams starting next week it is important to ‘Make the Most of the Space’ in the Library at our Edinburgh Campus.

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Opening hours – Easter/Semester 2 break #edincampuslib

We are currently in the Semester 2 break which lasts until 21st April and includes the Easter weekend.
easter semester break

Once the break is over, exams start from 24th April until 19th May which is the end of semester.

During this time the Edinburgh Campus library will remain open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  Staff will be available to answer enquiries and provide help and support between 8:30am – 8:30pm Monday – Friday and 10:00am – 8:15pm at weekends.

The Learning Commons will be open Monday to Friday during the Semester break  apart from the Easter weekend (Friday 14th – Monday 17th April inclusive) when it will be unavailable for use due to building closure days.

If you require any more information, please check the Information Services webpages or contact us 

Staff ID cards

Staff ID cards can be printed for staff at the Edinburgh Campus from the Library Service Desk between 9.00am and 11.00am Monday to Friday and between 10.00am and 12.00 noon at weekends.  Staff ID cards enable you to borrow and return books in the library, use the printers and also can be set up by your dept for access to buildings.

In order to have a card printed, you need to fill out a staff registration form and have your photo taken for the card which will then be printed out.  Documentation is also needed to confirm that you are employed by the university e.g. contract letter, payslip.
All details of the staff registration form must be completed including Employee Number which is essential.

It is also possible to send details for a staff ID card in advance as this will save time and be easier and more convenient for you.

You will need to provide the following:

  1. A photo
    Similar to a passport photo so clearly identifiable and good quality and against a light, plain background
    Saved as a JPEG
  2. A completed Staff Registration Form (or all of the information required for the Staff Registration Form) (see below)

Email the photo as an attachment with the form / form details to

  • Once we have checked the details, a card will be printed for you and we will contact you by email to let you know that the card is ready to pick up from the Service Desk in the library.
  • Please collect between 9.00am-11.00am Monday to Friday (or 10.00am to 12.00pm Saturday and Sunday) whenever possible.
  • You will need to bring documentation to confirm that you are a member of staff at Heriot-Watt University e.g. contract letter, payslip
Staff Registration Form for ID card
Title (Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms, Prof, Dr)
First Name
Last Name
Employee Number
Job Title
Email address ( *
Barcode number
(if you have already have/had a library card / staff ID card)
Room number, Building name, School
Contract (permanent, fixed term with date)


Information Services 2016 – in pictures

12 Apps of Christmas: Alarmy

Today’s app is Alarmy  (Sleep If U Can) – alarm.

alarmyIf you’re struggling to get up in time to get to lectures or exams,
then this might be the app for you.

Alarmy (Sleep If U Can) is the innovative solution for those who just can’t seem to get up on time, even with an alarm clock. This app has been cleverly designed to force you to get out of bed. You set it up by registering a photo of an area or room in your house. Then once the alarm is set, the ONLY way to make it stop ringing is to get out of bed and go take a photo of the registered area.

To get the app search for Alarmy in the app store, or follow the links below:

Android: Alarmy

iOS: Alarmy

Seats and food and drink in the Library #edincampuslib

The Library at our Edinburgh Campus is very busy at the moment due to the revision and exam period.  On an average day we have a footfall of over 3,000 people coming into the library building and an occupancy of over 600 in the middle of the day.
Therefore we have to ‘make the most of the space’ in order that all students who need to study can do so in a suitable environment. This can be done by avoiding leaving unattended items at study tables as this stops other students from being able to use the space.  Also making sure that the space is kept clean and tidy by putting rubbish in bins and only eating food on the main entrance floor (floor 1 ) of the library.  Drinks can be taken to other floors to consume while studying, but food should be eaten in the cafe area.
We appreciate your help with this, it does make a difference to everyone.


The Learning Commons – group study rooms

The Learning Commons has been open for 8 weeks now and is proving very popular.
There are a variety of different social and learning spaces including tables with PCs.


The group study rooms are now available for use. They can be booked via the Information Services website room booking page for 2 hours in between 11.15 – 16.15.  (Outside of these hours the rooms can be used on a first come first served basis).

There is a Service Desk at the Learning Commons which is staffed in between 11.00 – 16.00 each day Monday – Friday.  You can ask any sort of questions that you would ask at the Service Desk at the library including IT enquiries.


1000s of FREE downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, magazines & newspapers #edincampuslib

Did you know that you could borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers for free from Edinburgh Public Libraries?

Their electronic services librarians will be in Heriot Watt Edinburgh Campus Library on Thursday 22nd September from 11am-3pm to hand out free library membership cards which give you instant online access to:

OverDrive – thousands of fiction and non-fiction ebooks and audiobooks from fantastic authors such as George RR Martin; Bill Bryson; Lee Child; Bryan Cox; Hilary Mantel; Stuart MacBride and Stephen Hawking.

Zinio – over a hundred popular magazines to download and keep. Includes New Scientist; Popular Science; Apple Magazine; PC Format; Forbes; Newsweek; Total Film; Men’s Fitness; HELLO!; BBC Good Food; Esquire; Cosmopolitan etc.

OneClickdigital & BorrowBox – hundreds of quality audiobooks to download.

PressDisplay – over 4000 worldwide newspapers and magazines to read online before they’ve even hit the newsagents! Over 70 UK local and national newspapers available including the Scotsman and over 100 UK magazines.

Stop by and pick up a membership card and instruction leaflets on how you can use these services on your computer, tablet or phone.


Opening hours – Library and Learning Commons (Edinburgh Campus)

Opening hours for our Edinburgh Campus Library will be changing at the start of Semester on Monday 12th September 2016.  The library will be open 24/7 during semester time.
The staffed hours of the library will be 8.30am – 8.30pm Monday to Friday, 9.45am to  8.15pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Learning Commons will be staffed by Information Services between 11.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday.  It will be open 6.00am to midnight as a study and learning space.

Find details of the opening hours of all our campus libraries on the Information Services website. 

Welcome event and Library open

The Welcome event for new students takes place on Saturday 3rd September in the James Watt Centre between 2:00pm and 4.00pm
Information Services will have an information stand there so if  you’ve any questions about the university library or IT services our staff will be happy to answer them for you.

The library will also be open on Saturday from 1.00pm – 4.00pm.
Please come along and have a look round.

We look forward to meeting you on Saturday.