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What’s happening with the Library refurbishment #edincampuslib

The HWU Edinburgh Campus Library refurbished project is progressing well.
An overview of the project details how we are  ‘Transforming Your Library’  
We will keep you updated through these blog posts and through our social media channels.  There will be news of the exciting new developments and we will keep you updated as to which spaces and resources are available in the Library during the enabling and refurbishing works.

What is happening when?
The Ground Floor refurbishment work is completed.
The study space is available for use and has new furniture in place.  It is a silent study space and although drinks can be taken into the area, food is not allowed.
The shelving is for journals and theses and also, in the future, for some of the book collection.
GF open collage

The entrance to the Library has changed and is now to the left of the usual main entrance.  There are signs pointing to the new temporary entrance.

route to GCW entrance

Access to Floor 1, Floor 2 and Floor 3 is possible by going along the ground floor corridor and up the main stairs.  The lift is also available – this lift is will be refurbished in the next phase of the project as it is outdated for the number of people using it.
We apologise for any inconvenience – we are working to make access to the Library more accessible and also working on how to open up more areas within the building which are currently staff areas.  This will provide more accessible toilet facilities.
The main entrance will be back in use in Summer 2018.

Construction work is underway on Floor 1 of the Library.
The Service Desk and cafe are fully operational and there are some study spaces in the service Desk area.
Floor 2 and Floor 3 of the Library are open as usual.  Two of the individual study rooms are being adjusted to provide assistive technology facilities.
Journals and Theses –  currently, some journals and theses have been moved to off-site storage.  If you require access to these resources, please ask at the Service Desk.

How do I get help if needed?
Ask at the Service Desk at the Edinburgh campus library or contact us by email or phone

There will be some noise disruption but we will try to minimise this as much as possible.  Ear plugs are available at the Service Desk.

Study spaces are available in the Learning Commons 1 and in Learning Commons 2


Reduced opening hours of Library – Friday 26th January (Edinburgh Campus)

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Today, 22nd December, is the last day that the Edinburgh Campus Library and IT Helpdesk will be open this year.  We will re-open after the holidays at 9:00am Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

We hope you have had a good year and wish you all the best for 2018.

For opening hours of all our libraries over the holiday season, please check the  Information Services website


Information Services 2017 – in pictures

Opening hours – Edinburgh Campus Library #edincampuslib

The opening hours of our Edinburgh campus Library for December are:

Thursday 14th December – 24/7

Friday 15th December – close 8:30pm

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th December – closed

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd December – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 23rd December – Tuesday 2nd January – closed

Wednesday 3rd January – Friday 5th January – 9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th January – closed

Monday 8th January – Thursday 17th May – 24/7 

Check our website for further details and other campuses


12 Reads of Christmas: Scottish Books

A selection of books to read at this time of year that have a Scottish theme, author or publisher.  Exams are nearly done, the semester is almost complete and now is the time to sit back and relax and enjoy reading.

The Existential Detective by Alice Thompson
Set in Portobello, Edinburgh and featuring William Blake, private detective
Recommended by Scottish Book Trust 

The Falling Sky by Pippa Goldschmidt
A black comedy satire – mixture of fiction, mystery and astronomy.

The Long Drop by Denise Mina
Based in Glasgow in the 1950s
Recommended by Crime Fiction Lover 

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
The Saltire Society’s Book of the Year
Published by Canongate Books 
“A poignant exploration of the enduring quality of love across space and time”.
Recommended by Books from Scotland

The Whisky Directory by Iain Hector Ross
Published by Sandstone press
‘A wonderful work of reference that should be on the Christmas list of anyone who has someone in their life who loves whisky.’
Undiscovered Scotland

Winter Tales by George Mackay Brown
A collection of storytelling from Orkney


12 Reads of Xmas: Food

Traditional or unusual?

Budget or Luxury?

Eating in or dining out?

Check out these reads about Christmas food

Unusual food for Christmas including pickle mince pies, roast dinner pizza and turkey gin.

Christmas breakfasts  including waffles and pancakes

Celebration food including pineapple trifle and buttered mustard lobster

12 Reads of Christmas: Apps

There are so many apps available that it is difficult to know where to start.
Here are some recommended ones that are worth looking at:

Star Chart – aim your phone at the night sky
and learn more about the universe, space and planets.

Star chart

Memrise – learn a new language – explore new words and phrases and learn how to speak, read and write in a whole host of languages.
Duolingo – a great fun app for language learning


CamScanner – this app is great for scanning documents on the go into clear & sharp images/PDFs, to email, fax, print or save to cloud.  Just take a photo of the page you need and this app will convert it to a searchable file you can edit.


Moment Diary – plan to keep a diary next year? This app is a useful way to collate creative thoughts and ideas.

Moment Diary

There’s lots more apps out there.
Check these websites for more ideas.



Reading Lunch and Book Swap #BookWeekScot

We are holding a Reading Lunch and Book Swap in our Edinburgh Campus Library for Book Week Scotland.

When: Thursday 30th November 12:00 – 14:00
Where: Anderson Room, Cameron Smail Library, Edinburgh Campus
Who: Everyone welcome – students, staff, visitors
What: Bring your own book and sit and read
If you have any books you would like to swap, bring them along
What else: Bring your lunch – cake is provided!

Reading lunches are happening all over Scotland for Book Week Scotland

Reading Lunch