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



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

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.

Edinburgh Campus Library – Opening Hours – Easter Break

The Edinburgh Campus Library will be open the following days and hours over the Easter Break, 1st April to 7th April.

Please remember to book a study space in advance via the student portal

Face coverings are mandatory at all times

Thursday 1st April – CLOSED

Friday 2nd April – CLOSED

Saturday 3rd April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sunday 4th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Monday 5th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Tuesday 6th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Wednesday 7th April – 10:00am to 4:00pm

Edinburgh Campus Library Opening hours March 2021

The Edinburgh Campus Library will be open the following hours until the end of March.
Occasionally, we have to change the opening hours at short notice due to staff availability so please check the website for any changes and also twitter HWU_IS

Monday 22nd March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Tuesday 23rd March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Wednesday 24th March 8:30am – 6:00pm

Thursday 25th March      8:30am – 8:30pm

Friday 26th March             8:30am – 8:30pm

Saturday 27th March       10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday 28th March          10:00am – 4:00pm

Monday 29th March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Tuesday 30th March        8:30am – 6:00pm

Wednesday 31st March  8:30am – 5:00pm

Face coverings to be worn at all times – Edinburgh Campus Library

Please wear face coverings at all times in the Library building.
This is to ensure that the Library space is as safe as possible under Tier 4 restrictions and to be compliant with Government regulations.

Please also observe physical distancing of 2 metres. Available study spaces are clearly marked.

Sanitiser and cleaning stations are available throughout the building

Happy New Year – Edinburgh Campus Library opening hours

Happy New Year and best wishes to everyone for 2021.

The Edinburgh Campus Library is open today 9:00am -5:00pm and the planned opening hours for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week are 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Due to the new restrictions and Government guidelines, it is possible that changes to the opening hours will take place at very short notice. Our opening hours are also dependent on staff availability which in turn is sometimes affected by travel arrangements and caring responsibilities.

Please remember to bring your ID card and face-covering.
Face-coverings must be worn at all times while in the Library.
You don’t need to book a study space in advance – we have plenty available.

We hope to be open for the following hours during January:

Please check our social media pages for any last minute changes – we will update our twitter and facebook pages daily and also update the website on a regular basis.

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Library Service Desk on 0131 451 3577 or email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk or ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Click and Collect – extended opening hours – Edinburgh Campus Library

We are extending the hours that the Click and Collect service for books from our Edinburgh Campus Library is available. This is to make it easier for you to come and collect books if you are only on campus for one day a week.

The opening hours from today are:
Monday to Friday 8:45am – 8:15pm
Saturday to Sunday 10:15 – 3:45pm

Please remember that you will receive an email to say your book is ready to collect and any time after you receive the email, it’s available. We process requests as quickly as possible but sometimes books are in quarantine so there is a short delay.
For details of how to request a book via Discovery there are instructions here

We are also changing the location within the Library for the collection point. It will now be at the main Library Service Desk rather than at the West entrance. Again this is to make it quicker and easier for you to collect your book. You will still need your student ID card and face-covering.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library Service Desk ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk or 0131 451 3577

20 things that Information Services do for you in 2020

  1. Discovery – search for thousands of resources including books, eBooks, journals, databases
  2. Skills Hub – digital, information and study skills
  3. Click and Collect service for borrowing books from the Library
  4. Library and IT support for Remote Learning
  5. Software  –  a wide range of software for home use
  6. Access to software from off campus – Key Server
  7. Microsoft O365 – email and apps including Outlook, OneDrive, Teams
  8. IT and Library Help – submit any requests or issues through the online ticketing system
  9. Study spaces available at all our campuses for individual study in safe environments
  10. Wi-Fi – Eduroam
  11. Printers, scanners and copiers
  12. Heritage – Museum and Archive
  13. Research Support – specialist support and systems for researchers
  14. Edinburgh Campus Library
  15. Scottish Borders Campus Library
  16. Malaysia Campus Library
  17. Dubai Campus Library
  18. Orkney Campus Library
  19. Information Information Services web pages
  20. Updates social media channels  



Re-opening Edinburgh Campus Library – 7th September

Planning is continuing across the University for next semester and the Responsive Blended Learning approach in the new academic year.
This also includes the future opening up of buildings on campus.
The good news is that the Edinburgh Campus Library will be open from Monday 7th September.

The Library will be open Monday 7th – Friday 11th September 9:00am – 5:00pm for Welcome Week.
Then from Monday 14th September, the opening hours will be Monday – Friday 8:30am – 8:30pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.
There are currently no plans for 24/7 opening for Semester 1.

Access to the building will be controlled according to social distancing guidelines as will movement round the building. Occupancy will also be limited as we will only be able to use approximately 25% of out total study spaces.

You can access thousands of learning resources online through Discovery https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/is/find-resources.htm

Please let us know if you require any help to find online resources or if you have any further questions by emailing @ishelp@hw.ac.uk. 

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