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Welcome to new students, and welcome back to returning students and staff!

Library Services and COVID-19 

Our libraries are open with a wide range of safety measures in place for your health and wellbeing. This includes one way routes to enter and exit, hand sanitiser, booking systems and wearing a face covering. See photos at What's different in our libraries?​ Learn more below and see University-wide advice at Return to Campus

Visiting our libraries will feel different to normal, but our friendly staff are online to help. If you can’t find the answer to your question below, email us at​ or call 0131 455 3500. 


​Book online in advance 

Due to the limited capacity in campus libraries, study spaces will only be available through advance booking, using Resource Booker. This is important so that we can manage numbers for safety and physical distancing.
See Resource Booker help video and instructions​.​ Study spaces will be two metres apart, and Group Study Rooms will only be available for individual use.  You can book a maximum of two four-hour slots per day, for a total of eight hours.

Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, you are not allowed to access and browse the physical collections unless you have booked a study space using Resource Booker. Browsing is possible virtually using LibrarySearch​. 


Click and collect your books 

Place a request online before you visit, and you will receive an email when you can pick up the books from the collection point near the entrance. See Click and Collect

Books available on the shelf should be ready within one working day, but quarantine procedures and items borrowed by other users may mean that this takes longer. We have extended this service so that you can request on shelf items from your own campus.
Remember that we have nearly 200,000 ebooks and millions of journal articles which you can use from off campus – see Finding and borrowing books​

Visiting safely 

We’ll all need to follow government guidance to protect ourselves and others. 
  • In line with Scottish government guidance, you’ll need to wear a face covering at all times while you are in our libraries (apart from those exempt). Some will be available at campus entrances but please remember to bring your own. 

  • When you arrive, you’ll see guidance and equipment for cleaning shared computers and study desks. It is your responsibility to plan time in your booking to clean before and after you use shared resources. 

  • Contactless payments only. We will not be able to accept cash payments for fines or print credit top ups. 

  • The SCONUL Access scheme is currently suspended, and we will not be accepting external visitors. 

Please do not visit our libraries if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus

Can’t visit our libraries? 

We may be able to post books out to you. 

Our Postal Loans Service has now re-opened. It is normally only for those outside Edinburgh or on placement, but we will be extending the service to include those who are in quarantine, self-isolating or vulnerable.  

You will be entitled to use this service for the two week period of quarantine or self-isolation. If you need the service for longer, please email us at  


How can I borrow Library books? 
As library capacity will be limited due to COVID-19 precautions, please use Click and Collect to request items before you visit the campus. 

Library staff will collect books from the shelf and have them ready for you at a collection point near the entrance.  

How can I return my Library books and laptops? 

Please return items you have had during library closures as soon as possible.  

Libraries have now reopened, and you will be able to return your books and laptops to libraries during opening hours. You can return items to any of our Edinburgh Napier University libraries. Merchiston Library has 24/7 access for all students and staff (you will need your ID card for out of hours access, as well as borrowing). JKCC laptops can be returned Monday to Friday 8am to 4.30pm. 

Note that one way entry and exit systems will be in operation, and see University-wide guidance at Your Safety
Please be aware that books returned to student accommodation may take up to a week to be removed from your Library record. All fines from this time period will be waived automatically, but if for any reason you have accrued fines please email  

When do I need to use Resource Booker to book a space in the library?

You’ll need to book a space to:
  • Use study desks/computers
  • Browse physical library books on the shelves.

You don’t need to book a space to:
  • Pick up books that you have booked in advance using Click and Collect. These can be collected from a shelf near the entrance.
  • Borrow and return loan laptops using the Lapsafe machines.
  • Return books by putting them into a drop box near the entrance.
  • Release items from printers with your ID card (although if you need to use a computer first, you will need to book it).

Can I borrow laptops from libraries? 
Yes, self service laptop loan is now available on all campuses. See How do I borrow a laptop from a self service machine? 

Can I return my books or laptop by post? 
Yes, you can post books back to our libraries.  
Please don’t post laptops – contact​.  

Library addresses: 

Craiglockhart Library​​ 
Edinburgh Napier University 
219 Colinton Road
Edinburgh EH14 1DJ​ ​
Merchiston Library 
Edinburgh Napier University 
10 Colinton Road
Edinburgh EH10 5DT 
​​Sighthill Learning Resource Centre 
Edinburgh Napier University 
9 Sighthill Court 
Edinburgh EH11 4BN 
Will I be fined if I can’t return my Library books or laptops?  

You will not be fined for any overdue items due to Library closures. All fines accrued from Monday 9th March onwards have been waived automatically. Any fines accrued before this will still apply. See our Fine Appeals​ policy​ for information if you were unable to return items promptly due to illness or other extenuating circumstances.  

Fines started to apply again from the 14th of September. See Our Charges and Fines
How can I get help from Subject Librarians? 
Following COVID-19 guidance, staff presence on campus will be limited. 
See help for your subject at Subject Guides. Find contact details for your subject librarian at My Librarian
Subject Librarians organise a variety of online training sessions and drop in events. Find out what’s on using the Training and Events Calendar

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