Using the Library – Edinburgh Campus – September 2021

We’re pleased to say that our Edinburgh Campus Library is now open for students and staff, every day, 7 days a week.
The study spaces are open on the basis of Scottish Government and University guidelines for 1m social distancing and the safe management of access to spaces and resources, maximum occupancy and face masks.

Study spaces
Study spaces must be booked in advance. Book a study space through the Student Portal or direct at Resource Booker. In Resource Booker, you can filter to locate a study space with a PC and can filter on available times.

Please confirm your booking at the Service Desk on arrival at the library – bookings are provisional until confirmed. Study spaces are clearly marked with green YES or red NO and are numbered.

There are over 300 bookable spaces and a small number of individual study rooms, We don’t have any group study spaces available at the moment. Please see the seating plans below.

ID cards
You must have your HWU ID card to access the Library.
You use your card to swipe in through the entry gates to the Library.
Unfortunately, we can’t allow you access to the Library without your card.
If you have lost your card, please contact the Student Service Centre through the student portal.

Face coverings
Face coverings are still essential at all times when you’re coming into the Library building, when you’re moving about the building and when you are sat at your seat studying.

Borrowing Books
The bookshelves are now open for browsing. Please select a book from the shelves and take it to the Self Service Kiosk near the Library Service Desk. We are no longer offering our Click and Collect service but you can Request and Reserve books that are out on loan to another student – check Discovery and look for the Request option.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 8:30pm Saturday and Sunday 9:45am – 8:15pm

Please check the website and social media for opening hours and any last minute changes

Floor 1 Study Seats
Floor 2 Study Seats
Floor 3 Study Seats

Edinburgh Campus Library Study Space

There are approximately 350 study spaces available in the Library for use during Semester 1. The study desks and seats are distanced 1m apart. They are labelled with a seat number and with a green tick to show that they can be used.
You need to book a study space in advance before you come to the Library.
To book a study space, go to the myHWU app which will give you access to the Student Portal .
Select the Book A Room tile, then select the Edinburgh Campus Library Study Space tile or you can book direct at Resource Booker. In Resource Booker, you can filter to locate a study space with a PC and can filter on available times.

Confirm your booking at the Service Desk on arrival at the library – bookings are provisional until confirmed

Edinburgh Campus Library Study Space

Edinburgh Campus Library Opening Hours

The Library will be open the following hours:


Opening hours – August 23rd – September 12th

Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

September 13th onwards

Monday to Friday 8:30am – 8:30pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:45am -8:15pm

Please check the website and social media for opening hours and any last minute changes

Using the Library Edinburgh Campus – August 2021

The latest Scottish Government update means that some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted during August. The University is working on plans for next semester and we are hoping that there will more details to follow soon.

Face coverings
Face coverings are still essential when you’re coming into the Library building and when you’re moving about the building. Once you are sat at your seat studying, then it is ok to remove your face covering.  

Study spaces
Please continue to Book a study space through the Student Portal or direct at Resource Booker. In Resource Booker, you can filter to locate a study space with a PC and can filter on available times. Confirm your booking at the Service Desk on arrival at the library – bookings are provisional until confirmed. Study spaces are clearly marked with green YES or red NO and are numbered – see floor plans

The booking of study spaces is likely to continue into next semester. We are looking at whether we can open up group spaces and study rooms, but at the moment it is still individual study only.


ID cards
You must have your HWU ID card to access the Library.
You use your card to swipe in through the entry gates to the Library.
We cannot allow you access to the Library without your card.
If you have lost your card, please contact the Student Service Centre through the student portal.

Opening hours
Opening hours – August 2nd to 13th    
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Opening hours – August 16th to September 10th
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Please check the website and social media for opening hours and any last minute changes

Improvement work to Library courtyard

The courtyard area to the front of the Edinburgh Campus Library is being revamped and improved. This will provide an exciting, new seating area for studying and socialising.

The construction work will start at the end of August and during this time, the main entrance to the Library will be out of use. Access to the Library will be from the east side around the back of the Library.
Please follow the path round the Library building and use the door near the museum and fire pond.
It will also be possible to access the Library via the Mary Burton building – please look out for signage.

Route around Library building

Using the Library – July 2021 – Edinburgh campus

There will be some further relaxing of the COVID-19 restrictions from Monday 19th July and our Scottish campuses will move down to Level Zero. 
However, the guidelines for using the Library are not going to change just yet and we hope that you will continue to be considerate to other students and staff in the Library by following these steps:

Study spaces
Book a study space through the Student Portal or direct at Resource Booker
In Resource Booker, you can filter to locate a study space with a PC and can filter on available times.
Please confirm your booking at the Service Desk on arrival at the library – bookings are provisional until confirmed

ID cards
You must have your HWU ID card to access the Library.
You use your card to swipe in through the entry gates to the Library.
We cannot allow you access to the Library without your card.
If you have lost your card, please contact the Student Service Centre through the student portal.

Face coverings
Face coverings are essential at all times – when you’re moving about and also when you are sat at your seat studying.  It is still mandatory to wear a face covering in Libraries

Physical distancing
Only individual study is supported due to current guidelines.
We don’t have any group rooms or spaces available.
2m distancing must be observed including when coming in and out of the Library building
Study spaces are clearly marked with green YES or red NO and are numbered – see floor plans

Opening hours
Opening hours – July Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

We are going to extend the Library opening hours for the first 2 weeks of August. 

Opening hours – August 2nd to 13th    
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Please check the website and social media for opening hours and any last minute changes

Library building

Returning Library books

Semester is over, exams are done and it is the summer, so now is a good time to return any Library books that you still have out on loan from our Edinburgh Campus Library.

If you are still living in Edinburgh, then please bring any books to the Library during opening hours Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. Or you can return them to the Book Return Box at the entrance to the Library at any time.

If you are living elsewhere in the UK then we can supply you with a pre-paid postage label for you to post the books back to the Library. Please contact us for more details at ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk or 0131 451 3577



Access to Times Higher Education content for all HWU staff and students

Heriot-Watt staff and students now have full, unlimited access to Times Higher Education (THE)  articles via the THE website at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/

To gain access, please create an account using your Heriot-Watt email address (not a personal email address) by clicking “Register” under the person icon in the top right hand side of the website and then giving the information requested. This will also let you sign up for newsletters of interest as well as read all of the international news, articles and surveys etc on the website. The icon on the website will show as red when you are not logged in, and green when you are.

For more information on how to set up an account see https://www.timeshighereducation.com/subscriptions/making-the-most-of-your-institutional-subscription

This is an institutional subscription and any members of staff who previously had their own subscriptions do not need to renew these. Please contact Ellen Peacock for more information at e.peacock@hw.ac.uk

Using the Library during exam time – Edinburgh Campus

Although there have been some recent changes to Scottish Government guidelines and lockdown restrictions, the guidelines for using the Library have not changed.
Please be considerate to other students and staff in the Library by following these steps:

Study spaces
Book a study space through the Student Portal or direct at Resource Booker
In Resource Booker, you can filter to locate a study space with a PC and can filter on available times.
Please confirm your booking at the Service Desk on arrival at the library – bookings are provisional until confirmed
Please only book for the times you need for essential study and cancel if you change your mind.

ID cards
You must have your HWU ID card to access the Library.
You use your card to swipe in through the entry gates to the Library.
We cannot allow you access to the Library without your card.
If you have lost your card, please contact the Student Service Centre through the student portal.

Face coverings
Face coverings are essential at all times – when you’re moving about and also when you are sat at your seat studying.
It is still mandatory to wear a face covering in Libraries

Physical distancing
Only individual study is supported due to current guidelines.
We don’t have any group rooms or spaces available.
2m distancing must be observed including when coming in and out of the Library building
Study spaces are clearly marked with green YES or red NO and are numbered – see floor plans

Opening hours
Opening hours until the end of semester are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:30am – 8:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday, Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm

Check the website and social media for opening hours and any last minute changes

Click and Collect for Library books at the Dubai Campus Library

To borrow a book, you will need to request it via the Library system. You can request books that are on the shelf in the Library and those that are out on loan to another student.

To request a book, go to Discovery. and sign in.

Search for the book you would like to borrow and there will be an option to request it.


Further instructions are available here

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