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

Dubai Campus Library Opening Hours

Library Opening Hours (Effective from 18th April to 21st May , 2021)
Sunday – 9AM to 10PM
Monday – 9AM to 10PM
Tuesday – 9AM to 10PM
Wednesday – 9AM to 10PM
Thursday – 9AM to 10PM
Friday – 9AM to 5PM
Saturday – CLOSED for Deep cleaning and sanitations

Library Location
2nd Floor of the Main Building
Heriot-Watt University-Building- B, Al Ma’Refa Street. Oppt. CISCO Systems Building
Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone: +971 4 5717000 ( Library Ext-5), DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk

Security issue – Android Device users Scam Alert

There have been widespread reports of a new scam affecting Android users called “Flubot”

This is a text-message scam that infects Android phones and is spreading across the UK. The message – which pretends to be from a package delivery firm, prompts users to install a tracking app – but is actually a malicious piece of spyware.

Crucially, it can take over devices and spy on phones to gather confidential data, including things such as sensitive work information or online banking details.

It has been reported on BBC news https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56859091

If you receive a text message that looks like the one below:
IGNORE: Do not click any links.
DELETE: Remove the text from your phone

Edinburgh Campus Library study space

Please be considerate and follow our guidelines:

  • You must book study spaces through ResourceBooker in advance of coming to the Library.
  • Only individual study is supported due to current guidelines.
  • 2m social 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
  • Face-coverings are mandatory at all times.
  • 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
  • If for any reasons you do not intend to use your booking, please cancel via the booking email – don’t be a ‘no show’
  • Staff are always happy to help with any booking enquiries
  • Check the website and social media for opening hours and any last minute changes

Accessing eBooks at exam time

Exams start on Monday 26th April which means that some of our eBooks will be in high demand. We have been buying extra copies of our most popular eBook titles but many of them have a limit on the number of people who can use them at once.

Please check Discovery and use copies on both platforms if available – VLeBooks and Ebook Central. We may have two sets of Ebook Central copies due to publisher permissions  – please use both sets as they are not the same copies.

Some eBooks can only be read online.  If a copy is not available immediately, please keep trying.
The Ebook Central platform will allow five minutes reading time if all copies are in use.
A copy will become free as soon as someone else stops using it. If all copies are currently in use please try again later.

If possible, please plan in advance and make sure you have the information you need before your exam starts.  Many eBooks will allow you to copy and/or download an amount set by the publisher which you can keep and refer back to.
If you have any questions, let us know via ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Edinburgh Campus Library – Opening Hours April 2021

Library Opening Hours – April 2021

Friday 16th April                        8:30am – 8:30pm

Saturday 17th April                  10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 18th April                     10:00am – 4:00pm

Monday 19th April                    8:30am – 8:30pm

Tuesday 20th April                    8:30am – 4:30pm

Wednesday 21st April              8:30am – 5:00pm

Thursday 22nd April                 8:30am – 8:30pm

Friday 23rd April                        8:30am – 8:30pm

Saturday 24th April                  10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 25th April                     10:00am – 4:00pm

Monday 26th April                    8:30am – 8:30pm

Tuesday 27th April                    8:30am – 5:00pm

Wednesday 28th April              8:30am – 5:00pm

Thursday 29th April                  8:30am – 8:30pm

Friday 30th April                      8:30am – 8:30pm

Saturday 1st May                      10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 2nd May                        10:00am – 4:00pm

Library Study Space – approval for bookings

From Monday March 29th, there will be an extra approval step when booking study spaces.

Study spaces are limited due to the Covid19 restrictions and University and Government guidelines. The maximum number of spaces in the Library is 200 and these are for essential study. It is important that you only book the space for the number of hours that you need it and that you do show up. We have had a number of no shows which disadvantages other students.

The booking system will be same as usual – see information here but your booking will be provisional until you get to the Library and check in at the Service Desk. If you don’t turn up for your booking within an hour of the start time, it will be cancelled so that another student can book it.

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