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  Finding and Borrowing Books

Search for books using LibrarySearch. LibrarySearch gives you results from our physical libraries and a huge number of academic databases.  

See also: 

Placing a request - If all the books are out on loan.


Search for a book on your reading list

Books on a reading list will look something like the following:

Chapman, N., & Chapman, J. (2009) Digital multimedia. Chichester: John Wiley.

To find a book on your reading list:

  • Go to LibrarySearch.
  • Enter a word or two from the title and the author surname and click Search.
  • In your results, make a note of the shelfmark (e.g. 006.7 CHA) to find where the book is on the shelf in the Library. 

You will find the above book in Merchiston Library, in the 006s section. Books are arranged on the shelves in numerical and then alphabetical order. Other books on the same subject will be in the same area.

If you can’t find the book you are searching for, try:
  • Refining your search using the options on the right hand side of the page.
  • For books, selecting ‘Available in the Library’ means you will only see books/physical items which are on the shelf at the time.  


Edinburgh Napier Library has a large collection of books you can read online.
Search for these using LibrarySearch. You will know you have found an e-book when you see ‘Online Access' instead of the shelf mark. Select ‘Online Access' and log in to go to the full text.



Can't find a book?

  • If it is out on loan, place a request to have it held for you next.
  • If it is not in the Library, see Other Libraries​ or contact your Librarian if you would like to suggest it for purchase.


If the books are on the shelf, you can go and get them yourself and borrow them. There are self-service kiosks in our libraries, which allow you to check out the books yourself. These are easy to use, simply follow the directions on the screen. Otherwise, take your books and ID Card to the Help Desk.
Most books can be borrowed for seven days, and books for wider reading for 28 days, subject to recall if requested by another member. Books in seven day loan periods will have this marked on the spine.
You are responsible for all items issued on your ID Card and must not give them to other people or lend your ID Card to others. 

For information about borrowing and privacy, see RFID Privacy Policy​


You can return items to any library, but we prefer them to be returned to the library from which you borrowed them. You do not need your ID Card when returning items, but make sure you use a self-service kiosk or ensure items are returned by staff.
Outside opening hours you can leave items in the return boxes.
If you return items by post they remain your responsibility until they are discharged from your account. If you have difficulty renewing or returning items please contact a campus library as soon as possible.
If you return an item late, we will ask you to pay a fine and you will be unable to borrow anything else until it has been returned or renewed and any fines paid. See Library Charges/fines. If you have been absent from university due to illness or other extenuating circumstances which have prevented you from returning or renewing loans it may be possible for some or all of the fines to be waived. Please complete a fine appeal form and submit it along with the supporting evidence.
If you don’t return an item after a number of reminders, we will assume that the item is lost and send you a Lost Item Bill. If you are unable to find the item you can either pay the replacement cost shown in the invoice or provide an acceptable replacement copy.

Lost a Library book?


Please e-mail or phone 0131 455 3500.


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