Things you need to know...
Learning how to find and use different types of information is an integral part of university study. It can be daunting to visit an academic library for the first time, but library staff are here to help you find what you need.
The libraries at Craiglockhart
have collections related to the subjects taught on each campus. This means that you will find most of the books you want on your home campus, but you can also use LibrarySearch to request books from other campuses.
Don’t forget to complete the Introduction to Computing and the Library
before you come to university. Once you’re here, you will also find that specialist subject librarians offer support during your course including lectures, drop-in sessions, workshops and hands-on computer lab sessions.
Search for books – LibrarySearch
to search for the books on your reading list; type in your keywords and click ‘go’. If you sign in you can also use LibrarySearch
to request books online without having to visit the library.
To help you with your study, we have:
- The textbooks and materials you need for your modules, including many ebooks and ejournals
- Flexible study spaces, with areas for group study or individual quiet space. Try the study pods with plasma screens at Merchiston Library and Sighthill LRC
- Online skills guides including ENcompass and subject resource guides, which help you find the information you need for your coursework
- If you have items on loan we will send you an Activity Report every Monday as a reminder . You can sign in to LibrarySearch to check the due dates of items you have borrowed
- Self-service borrowing and returns, so you don’t need to queue
Want to find out more?
Come in and visit your library, find out about library opening hours
. You can only borrow books and use online resources after you matriculate, but our libraries are open to anyone to visit.
Ask staff at any Library desk if you need help. They will be happy to help you find your way around. Email or telephone support is available 24 hours a day, see Help Centre
. Follow us @ednaplib
to ask us a question and get up to the minute news.
What our students said:
"The team in the library are approachable and make studying a much better experience."
"I have never had a negative experience in coming to the library. They are always encouraging, polite, patient and they calm me down."
"I do most of my study here as I cannot be productive at home."
Throughout your time at Edinburgh Napier University you will use the computing and library services as they will be central to your studies.
Before you start at university, make sure you enrol for the Password Manager
and complete the Introduction to Computing and the Library
. This will help you to use the computing and library systems confidently so that you can locate the best computer suite or library for your studies, show you how to logon to the University network and use the email system, virtual learning environment and library resources. You can also take a library tour to learn more about where to turn for additional help and support while you’re studying.
is your personal gateway to our online environment. It offers secure and easy one-step access to all the online resources and systems you need to help with your studies and it is the tool that lecturers will use to communicate with you.
myNapier can be accessed remotely wherever you are in the world to give you access to:
- Moodle – your virtual learning environment
- Your personal Edinburgh Napier University email account
- Secure areas for you to store files on the network.
- The library system for finding information and using electronic resources
- eStudent Records to matriculate in subsequent years, update your personal records and see your results
- Teaching and exam timetables
- Online payments
- Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA), school and departmental websites
- Powerful search functionality to search content held on University websites
- Communications including news, announcements and events
- My Site; your personal website which you can customise, upload files to and use to collaborate with your friends.
- Links to selected external electronic resources
is where all your personal details, as well as your enrolment and assessment information, are managed during your time at university.
It is your responsibility to keep your personal details up-to-date, so make sure you notify us about any changes. This is also where we publish your module results each trimester.
Moodle is the online environment we use at the University for supporting learning, teaching and assessment.
Moodle integrates a number of features including access to electronic resources, communication, assessment and collaborative tools.
Once you have matriculated you will automatically be registered in Moodle and enrolled on the modules and programmes that use Moodle. You can then access Moodle by logging in from any computer with an internet connection.
IT help and support
At Edinburgh Napier University, you can access networked resources and Moodle, our virtual learning environment, through myNapier
or the Virtual Desktop Service
24/7 from home or anywhere with an internet connection.
Within the University we provide access to more than 1,600 PCs and 200 Apple Macs across our campuses. Opening hours vary, however the 500-seat Jack Kilby Computing Centre
at Merchiston campus is open 24/7*.
On campus, we provide access to:
- Face-to-face user support from our Help Desks at the main campuses including over 70 hours per week from the Jack Kilby Computing Centre
- PCs 24/7 during trimester 1 and 2 (and at published times in trimester 3)
- Microsoft Office applications and the internet
- Specialised software packages, including: CAD, project management, statistics, mathematics, computer programming, and many others to support your studies
- Secure printing, scanning and copying via our Multi-Functional devices
- Campus wide Wi-Fi network connections for your mobile device
- A laptop loan service from the main campuses
- Convenient vending machines selling IT essentials
- Special low-priced purchase schemes for software for your own PC
Whether on or off campus, wherever you are in the world, you will always have 24/7* email and telephone support from central support.
* Trimesters 1 and 2 only
Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the University's regulations as well as the University's
Data Protection Policy.
The academic calendar
covers study over three trimesters, the majority of teaching taking place in trimesters one and two.