eBook downloads turned off to increase access for more students at exam time

We have a large number of eResources including eBooks that are available for students to use while studying off campus.

To access eBooks, use Discovery  and you will be able to view and read a wide selection.

Some eBooks only allow a limited number of users to view them at the same time.
Due to the demand at exam time, it is currently not possible to download eBooks in order to increase access for everyone. They can still be read online.

If you have any problems accessing the resources please contact libhelp@hw.ac.uk


Free eResources for students and staff during the Covid-19 situation

Free eResources for students and staff during the Covid-19 situation

While you are studying, teaching, and carrying out research off-campus, don’t forget that you can still access all of the Heriot-Watt University Library’s eResources.
A good place to start is by searching Discovery, the IS Guides on a wide range of subjects, and the A-Z of databases.

In addition to all the usual eResources, we are currently providing temporary access to a number of new resources.  The providers of these resources have made them freely available to the academic community as part of their Covid-19 response. This includes resources across a wide range of HWU subject areas from engineering to fashion.  Included are eJournals and eBooks that provide access to content from publishers like Bloomsbury, Elsevier, ICE, IOP, Springer and Cambridge University Press. More details can be found on the HWU website.

Students can also sign up for the VitalSource offer of seven free eTextbooks to use until 30th June – more details are available on the HWU website. This is in addition to the usual HWU eBooks, available from Discovery. It is also now possible for many of our eBooks to be accessed by more students at once than usual due to publisher goodwill at this difficult time.

To find out more about all of the extra resources temporarily available to staff and students visit the HWU website which will display the full list.
If you have any questions please email us at ISHelp@hw.ac.uk

Edinburgh Libraries eBook & emagazine stall in HWU Edinburgh Campus Library


On Wednesday 11th March between 10.30am -2pm there will be an information stall set up in our Edinburgh Campus Library.

It will be hosted by Edinburgh Public Libraries and will be available for students and staff to visit.

It will be an opportunity to find out how you can access thousands of popular magazines, ebooks and audiobooks for free. You can pick up leaflets on how to access the Edinburgh Public Libraries free services on your tablet, phone or computer. You’ll even be able to pick up library cards so you can download straight away.

Edinburgh Libraries Library2go services offer over 100 magazine titles to borrow and keep from New Scientist to Amateur Photographer and Vogue to BBC Food. Access thousands of bestselling fiction and non-fiction books too from authors such as Lee Child, Philippa Gregory, Peter May, Kate Atkinson, Stephen Hawking and Alexander McCall Smith.

And the brilliant thing is that anyone can join Edinburgh Libraries whether you live in Edinburgh or not.

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