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  Studying in Edinburgh

Welcome to Edinburgh Napier University library. Below you will find information to get you started.
See our introductory presentation or Library Tours​ for an in-person or video introduction to our Library spaces and services.


Using the libraries

When you register, or matriculate, with the University, you are also automatically registered with the library. We have three libraries based at Craiglockhart, Merchiston and Sighthill campuses. Check the opening hours.


Finding information about your subject

You will receive a reading list for each of your modules/courses. This list may contain books, journals, journal and newspaper articles, films etc. Some items will give an overview of the subject area. Others will have a more narrow focus. 
In addition to the items on your reading list, you may need to find other information.You can contact your subject librarian who is an expert on finding information on your subject area. You can also look at the subject guides​ they have created. 



LibrarySearch is the library’s online catalogue. Use it to find print and ebooks, print and ejournals, ejournal articles and other resources. 
  • LibrarySearch only contains good quality academic sources of information. This is the type of information that your lecturers will expect you to use in your work.
  • You should also start your searches in LibrarySearch because special links have been set up to help you log in easily to eresources. For more information see the LibrarySearch page​


Borrowing print books and other physical items

  • Remember to bring your student card.
  • You can borrow up to 15 physical items (print books and journals, DVDs, etc).
  • Find them in LibrarySearch. Watch this video showing you how to do that.. 
  • If a book is not available, you can request​ it. 
  • Use the number/letters you see in the record, e.g. 647.2 MUL, to find the book on the shelves.
  • Next, take the book to a self-service kiosk or Help Desk to be added to your library account.
  • Items are automatically renewed up to a maximum of 4 months unless recalled.  If an item on loan to you is requested by another user we will recall it by sending you an email asking you to return it within 7 days.
  • Fines are charged if items are returned late. This is because print books etc. may be needed by other students. See Charges and Fines.
  • You can use a self-service kiosk to return books. 


Finding and using online resources

  • To access the ebooks, ejournals and online databases purchased by the library, you will need to use your University login. This is because only Edinburgh Napier students and staff are licensed to use them.
  • If you start your search in LibrarySearch or from Moodle, you should either see the University login box or be automatically logged in



See our short video and help page
  • Search for ebooks in LibrarySearch. If you know the title and author, use these, e.g. 
    • Hall, D., Brown, F. [2011?]. Tourism and welfare: ethics, responsibility and sustainable well-being. Claremount, W.A.: Ebooks Corporation.
    • Type hall tourism welfare into the search box.
  • If you’re looking for an ebook about a particular subject, for example, tourism, try typing tourism and then use the Tweak my results options
    • under Format choose Books
    • under availability choose Full Text Online.
  • To read the ebook, click on Online access from the results page. 
  • In the Online access section, click the Full text available at link to start using the ebook.
  • Ebook functionality information can be found in the Details section of each LibrarySearch ebook record. Click on the Ebook info link at the bottom of the page


Ejournals and journal articles

​Searching for articles on a specific subject. 
  • For example, gender in cinema.
  • Go to LibrarySearch.
  • Type gender cinema.
  • Tweak My Results. Under the Format section select Articles .
  • Under each result there will be a link to either Online access or Full text available.  Click this in order to read online.

Searching for a journal article or a reference you’ve found

See our short video​ or follow these instructions: 
  • Muratori, Michelle C., Smith, Carol Klose, (2015). Guiding the talent and career development of the gifted individual, Journal of Counseling and Development. 93 (2), p.173.
  • Type the following into the LibrarySearch searchbox: Muratori Guiding the talent and career development of the gifted individual Journal of Counseling and Development
  • Click Online access or Full text available to link to the article.
  • If you don’t find the article, search for the journal by title instead.

Searching for a journal by title 

See our short video​

A. Ejournals
  • Click on the Journal Search tab (above the LibrarySearch box). 
  • Type the journal name into the search box, e.g. in the above case: Journal of Counseling and Development
  • Click the Online access link
  • If you are looking for a specific article in the journal, check the Available from dates. Click the first option which has the year you need. Then find the year, for example, 2015, the volume, 93, the issue, 2, and the starting page number, 173.
B. Print journals

Go to LibrarySearch.

  • Type the name of the journal into the search box.
  • Then, if necessary, Tweak My Results (right hand side), selecting Journals.
  • Click on the Check holdings at or Available at link to find out which library has the journal and which years are available.
  • If you still can’t find the article contact the library.

Getting help

Contact the library - email

Contact your Subject Librarian​

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