Opening hours for our Edinburgh Campus Library will be changing at the start of Semester on Monday 12th September 2016. The library will be open 24/7 during semester time.
The staffed hours of the library will be 8.30am – 8.30pm Monday to Friday, 9.45am to 8.15pm Saturday and Sunday.
The Learning Commons will be staffed by Information Services between 11.00am – 4.00pm Monday – Friday. It will be open 6.00am to midnight as a study and learning space.
Find details of the opening hours of all our campus libraries on the Information Services website.
Posted by cdonlan on 07 September 2016
The Edinburgh Campus Library will remain open 24 hours a day over the Easter weekend.
This includes the building closed days Friday 25th (Good Friday) and Monday 28th (Easter Monday).
The opening hours are as usual and for more information, please check the Information Services website http://www.hw.ac.uk/is/library-essentials/library-opening-hours.htm
Posted by cdonlan on 20 March 2016
It’s week 9 of semester which means that study spaces are becoming more fully utilised and therefore it is good to know all the options that are available.
In the Edinburgh Campus Library there are a selection of different areas and types of study space for students to use. During the summer, extra study spaces were added in the library and this includes room 2.38 which is a silent, individual study area.
Room 2.38 is located on the 2nd floor of the library so to reach it you need to go up the main stairs, go through the door on the left and then follow the corridor round past the silent PC rooms and group study rooms (follow signs for group study rooms).
The room has individual study tables with power sockets and looks out onto the gardens.
It is open between 9.00am – 9.30pm.
Posted by cdonlan on 09 November 2015
On Monday 7th September, the new Principal of Heriot-Watt University, Richard Williams, visited our Edinburgh Campus Library. He came along to see the recent improvements that we have made to the physical and online services that Information Services provide for students and staff across the university. It was an excellent opportunity for the Principal to have a look around, meet Information Services staff and discuss the excellent services we provide.
The Director of Information Services, Mike Roch, gave an introduction and overview of Information Services and explained recent improvements to the library and plans for future developments.
There was then a tour around the library building to show our self-service facilities which now include short loans and reservations, new study spaces on the third floor due to the relegation of unused stock and a brand new silent study space for students with garden views. Other Information Services staff gave brief talks about the improvements in IT Infrastructure and applications and also about teaching and learning spaces both in the library and across campus.
Posted by cdonlan on 08 September 2015
Using google forms is proving to be a quick and easy way of getting feedback from students who use our Edinburgh campus library. We have already been using them for recording quick, easily resolvable enquiries at the library service desk so decided to try them out last year for feedback.
The feedback that we wanted to capture was about the purpose of visits to the library and consisted of three questions
What is the purpose of your visit to the library today?
How long do you intend to stay in the library today?
If more facilities could be added to the library, which 3 are the most important?
There were a selection of options to choose from for questions 1 and 3.
The questions were printed out and handed to students to fill in at the library service desk.
We had 513 responses and the feedback helped to inform developments in the library last summer including the installation of new group study spaces that have proven very popular with students.
Although the forms were printed out the responses were entered by staff into the google form online and this made it very easy to collate the responses and produce a summary.
This year, at the same time of year, we produced an updated form to collect feedback based again on the purpose of visits to the library. The questions were similar in that question 1 and 2 were the same and question 3 was ‘If more study spaces could be added to the library for next semester, which 3 are the most important’?
Respondents could select more than one response.
Copies of the form were printed out and distributed at the Library service desk as before. Also in order to promote the form, a link to it was posted on the Information Services Facebook page and twitter feed. This resulted in quite a few online responses – of the total 373 responses, 291 paper and 82 electronic.
The responses were input into the google form which automatically populates a spreadsheet of results. The other useful feature of a google form is that it automatically produces a summary of results in an easy to read format.
The results show a preference for individual study spaces which is a reflection of the time of year leading up to revision but also reflects the room usage figures that we collect.
Preferences for future developments show a demand for individual study spaces and in fact more study spaces of all kinds. Students selected more than one type of study space that they would like to see in the future.
Posted by cdonlan on 21 May 2015
What is your purpose for visiting the Edinburgh Campus Library today?
We’re doing a quick survey this week to find out the reasons that you visit the library and if more study spaces could be added, what sort would be the most useful.
We did a similar survey last year at this time and this helped inform the changes to the library space last summer – we were able to install more group study spaces including the study booths which have proved very popular.
If you would like to fill in the quick survey, it only takes 20 seconds, then you can pick one up from the Library Service Desk or you can fill it in online here
Posted by cdonlan on 29 April 2015