Edinburgh Campus Library Study Space

There are approximately 350 study spaces available in the Library for use during Semester 1. The study desks and seats are distanced 1m apart. They are labelled with a seat number and with a green tick to show that they can be used.
You need to book a study space in advance before you come to the Library.
To book a study space, go to the myHWU app which will give you access to the Student Portal .
Select the Book A Room tile, then select the Edinburgh Campus Library Study Space tile or you can book direct at Resource Booker. In Resource Booker, you can filter to locate a study space with a PC and can filter on available times.

Confirm your booking at the Service Desk on arrival at the library – bookings are provisional until confirmed

Edinburgh Campus Library Study Space

Edinburgh Campus Library Opening Hours

The Library will be open the following hours:


Opening hours – August 23rd – September 12th

Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

September 13th onwards

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

Using the Library – July 2021 – Edinburgh campus

There will be some further relaxing of the COVID-19 restrictions from Monday 19th July and our Scottish campuses will move down to Level Zero. 
However, the guidelines for using the Library are not going to change just yet and we hope that you will continue to 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

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 – July Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

We are going to extend the Library opening hours for the first 2 weeks of August. 

Opening hours – August 2nd to 13th    
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Please check the website and social media for opening hours and any last minute changes

Library building

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

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

Study space – Edinburgh Campus Library

Our Edinburgh Campus Library is open Monday to Friday 8:30am – 8:30pm and Saturday to Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.

Due to COVID19, we have a reduced capacity for study spaces.
Currently, this is 240 study spaces (about 25% of the usual Library capacity).
You don’t have to book a space in advance, just come to the Library with your student ID card and swipe in at the access gates. ID cards are mandatory in order to comply with guidelines.
During the last 2 weeks, the maximum occupancy of the library, at any one time, has been about 120 so we still do have room for more people to work in the Library.
The Library occupancy is displayed on the digital displays at the entrance to the Library, in the James Watt Centre and the Hugh Nisbet building (main University building). We are working on displaying it on the student portal so it can be accessed from off campus.
Study spaces are clearly labelled with a green ‘YES’ for spaces that can be used and a red ‘No’ for spaces that are not in use. There are PCs available too.

The Library is a face-covering zone so face-coverings must be worn when moving round the building.
Physical distancing is also a requirement in order to keep everyone safe – even if you live in a bubble with other students, the Library it is individual study only.

If you have any questions about the study space in the Library, please contact the Service Desk on 4577 or email ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk

Click and Collect for Library books – Edinburgh, SBC and Malaysia campuses

The Click and Collect Service for Library books will be available from 7th September. Due to COVID19 current restrictions, it is not possible to browse for books from the Library shelves.

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 also those that are out on loan to another student.

Requesting a book
Go to Discovery.
Sign in, and search for the book you would like to borrow

Once you have found the book that you would like to borrow, there will be an option to request it

Select Request and fill in the details

Your request will be placed.

The request will then be processed by Library staff and the book will either be found from the shelves or will be recalled from another student if they have it out on loan.

For access to journals on site, please email Library staff ServiceDesk@hw.ac.uk

For access to offsite journals, please log into the Helpdesk via the portal and fill in the form

When your book is available for you to collect, you will receive an email from the Library Service Desk.

If the book is in the Library, you will be able to collect it the next day.
If the book has to be recalled, this can take anytime up to 2 – 3 weeks as it will rely on the student who currently has the book on loan returning it.  Students have up to 2 weeks to return a recalled book. 

All books when they are returned from other borrowers, must be quarantined for 72 hours to comply with safety guidelines. 

Collection
The email from the Library Service Desk will give instructions about when and where to come to collect the book. 
Please wait until you have the email instructions before visiting the Library.
We are expecting that collection time will be between 2:00pm – 4:00pm daily

You must bring your Student ID card so that we can check the details.

The book will be issued to your Library account by staff before collection and will be wrapped ready to collect.

Library Opening – Edinburgh Campus – September 14th

The Edinburgh Campus Library is now open

Opening hours
From Monday 14th September – Semester 1
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 physical distancing guidelines. ID cards will be needed to gain access via the entrance gates.
Occupancy will be limited as we are only be able to use 25% of the total study spaces which is a total of 250 spaces.
The study spaces – seats and tables – will be clearly marked to make it easier to find a seat.

Face coverings are required when accessing and moving around the building at all times. Once you are sat at your study space, then it is optional to wear a face covering.

Moving round the building will be the same as moving round the University – keep left when ever possible and physically distance from other students and staff.

Books will be available to borrow via our Click and Collect service. It will not be possible to browse for books from the shelves – books will be requested online and issued via the Click and Collect and will be available to pick up from a separate area of the Library.

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. 

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. 

HWU Edinburgh Campus Library – closing 20th March

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation, the Edinburgh Campus Library will close at 4:30pm (GMT) on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.

Alternative study spaces are available at the Learning Commons in the main University building (Hugh Nisbet building).

All Library books will auto-renew until at least September and will not become overdue nor generate fines.

Please check out our Information Services website https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/information-services.htm for access to thousands of online resources.

If you require any help or further information, please email ISHelp@hw.ac.uk or servicedesk@hw.ac.uk and follow our social media channels Facebook Twitter

We apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your co-operation.

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