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

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

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

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.



12 Apps of Christmas: Quizlet

Today’s app is Quizlet, a fun online learning tool that helps you quizletstudy on the go. With Quizlet you can create flashcards and quizzes, or use ones made by other users. You can also access it in your browser at

It’s available on iOS and Android. To download, go to:

Android: Quizlet

iOS: Quizlet

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

How to keep up to date with HWU Information Services – communication and contacts

There are a variety of ways that students and staff can keep up to date with what is happening in Information Services. ‘Information Services supports research, learning, teaching and administrative activities by providing Library, Information and Learning Technology services to Heriot-Watt students and staff around the world’.

The best place to find out anything about IT and libraries in the university is to visit our webpages HWU Information Services

Here you will find information about all the services we offer and deliver at all our campuses. The system status page will flag up any problems with systems.  The webpages also give details about how to contact us – by email, telephone and in person.

If you have an IT issue then contact the IT Helpdesk +44 (0) 131 451 4045

  • Library enquiries can also be submitted via IThelp.

If you are at our Edinburgh Campus, the library is open 24/7 and is staffed by library staff at these times  

We also operate a quick contact alert service in the library for students to let staff know about any issues. It is based on on email, iMessaging and text messaging.

  • Email:
  • iMessage:
  • Text: Text TELL and then your message to  07950081076

We use social media to communicate updates and useful information.  It is also a good platform for students and staff to let us know about issues or to make suggestions for improvements.

Blog posts on InformS give regular updates on all aspects of our services – recent posts have included posts on online journals and databases, IT security advice, passwords, reserving books, training and events.

Our twitter news feed HWU_IS gives news and updates as they happen so is a great communication channel to follow to find out what’s happening. An example of this is our updates on occcupancy of the library and other study spaces so students know the best place to go to find a study space.  Any emergency situations or if other systems are down, this information will be posted on twitter.

Our facebook page gives regular updates and also has posts about interesting and useful resources and events.  Things that are happening within the library and university or around Edinburgh, recommendations for reading and accessing online and opportunities for feedback.

Advent Apps 12 Sunrise calendar

Sunrise is a free calendar app made for Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange

A great design and works offline so can work anywhere


Advent Apps 11 Flipboard

Flipboard is a social media aggregation magazine-format mobile app which collects news content from social media and websites.
There are lots of different categories including News, Shopping, Sport, Travel, and Style.

It’s available for iPhone, Android and Windows


Advent Apps 10: Pinterest

Pinterest is like a social network of stuff, a place to “pin” things that interest you on themed boards.
You can use it to ‘pin’ images from the web that you want to share of places, food, furniture, collectables etc.
It easily integrates with your browser for fast pinning, and you can view the pins of others for added inspiration.

It’s available for iOS, Android and Windows devices



Advent Apps 9: Weather

Check out the weather with the Yahoo Weather App.
The app combines stunning photos with accurate and detailed forecasts.
Add your favourite locations.  Interactive radar, satellite, heat and wind maps plus sunrise / sunset times.

Winner of Apple Design Award 2013



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