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

How to use the Library study space – Edinburgh Campus Library – update February 2021

  • To access the Library building, it is essential to have your student or staff ID card.
    If you haven’t got an ID card, please contact the Student Service Centre via the HWU portal.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times in the Library building.
  • There are 200 bookable study spaces in the Edinburgh Campus Library.
    You can check the occupancy of the Library at any time by looking at the tile on the portal
  • All spaces are for individual study and the spaces are physically distanced.
  • The study tables that can be used are clearly marked with green ticks (or red crosses)
  • It is mandatory to book a study space in advance in order to comply with the University and Government guidelines.
  • There are instructions on how to book a study space online and floor plans below to show where the spaces are.
    Please sit in the study space that you have booked whenever possible.
  • If you have any problems booking a space, please let Library staff know.
  • Opening hours of the Library can be found on the website
    The hours are subject to change but the details are updated daily and also promoted on twitter

If you have any enquiries, please contact the Library Service Desk 0131 451 3577 or or IS Help
Thank you for your co-operation and help in keeping everyone safe.

Library Building Occupancy tile on the portal – Edinburgh Campus

We have introduced a great new feature to the student and staff portal to show Library Building Occupancy at our Edinburgh Campus Library. 

The tile shows, in real time, how many study spaces are being used in the Library.
This means that you can tell how busy it is and if spaces are available for you to book before you come to campus.

Due to the current restrictions, and to comply with university and government guidelines, it is mandatory to book a space in advance.  Instructions for booking a study space

We currently have up to 250 spaces available, all for individual, physically distanced study.

Please remember that you need your student ID card to access the Library and face coverings must be worn at all times. 

Opening hours – Library and Learning Commons (Edinburgh Campus)

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. 

Destination of the Day – Room 2.38 #studyspace #edincampuslib

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.

Edinburgh Campus Library – Making the Most of the Space

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For other study spaces on campus see and click on the ‘Other spaces’ tab.

Edinburgh Campus Library – Easter Opening Hours

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During the Semester 2 break, the Library remains open 24/7.  For staffed service times, please see

In addition to the Library, the University has opened up many of the teaching rooms for study.  For full details see and click on the ‘Other spaces’ tab.


Extra study spaces – vacation and exam period

Edinburgh campus library – open 24/7 until the end of the exam period – 22nd May

The James Watt Centre is open for study during April on the following dates: –

  • 1st, 2nd
  • 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th (Applicant open day in JW1 but JW2 lounge available for study)
  • 13th, 14th, 15th (Applicant open day in JW1 but JW2 lounge available for study)
  • 16th, 17th
  • 20th, 21st, 23rd

From 24th April until the end of exam period James Watt Centre 1 & 2 will be used for exams and will not be available as study space.

As well as the 110 PCs in the Cameron Smail Library, there are more than 500 other PCs in labs around the campus, with printing & scanning attached. Check PC availability

The following Computer Labs have also been booked as additional study space: –

  • EC204 (Edwin Chadwick)
  • EM252 (Earl Mountbatten)
  • MBG22 (Mary Burton)

You can check the ongoing availability of these and other centrally timetabled Computer Labs from Web Timetables Edinburgh Campus by entering * in the Location Search String

All centrally timetabled Computer Labs are also available for study when not in use for exams etc.

See Edinburgh Campus study spaces for full details.

See the Edinburgh Campus map if you want to check where a building is.

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