Library Services Update

Last updated 30th November 2021

Welcome to our libraries! We want you to enjoy our spaces and stay safe.

Student at Craiglockhart campus wearing a face mask and holding a coffee

Visiting our Libraries

In line with current Scottish Government guidance, these are the COVID measures we currently have in place:

  • You can visit our libraries, use study spaces/computers and borrow books without booking in advance.
  • To use a group study room, you must book online in advance using Resource Booker (see User Guide).  You can book a maximum of one two-hour slot per day (see Study Spaces Policy).

We still need to keep students and staff safe, which means:

  • You must wear a face covering at all times in our libraries, including while you are seated (apart from those exempt).
  • All library users are expected to observe one metre social distancing.

It is still your responsibility to clean shared computers, study desks etc before and after you use them. You'll find hand sanitiser and sanitising wipes at multiple points. We can only accept online payments - you can top up your print credit online using the MyAccount app and pay fines using LibrarySearch.

Laptop and hands typing

Click and collect your books

You can browse Library collections in person, but where possible you should still use Click and Collect to request books in advance.

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 helpdesk in each library.

Go to Click and Collect instructions

Can’t visit our libraries?

We may be able to post books out to you. Our Postal Loans Service is normally only for those outside Edinburgh or on placement, but we have temporarily extended this service to all UK-based students and staff to support those unable to come to 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.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Find out more about Postal Loans

Other services

  • The SCONUL Access scheme reopened on 15th November 2021. Not all libraries are participating in the scheme. Please see the updated guidelines on the SCONUL Access website for further information.
  • Access to the Edward Clark Collection and the War Poets Collection remains limited. Until further notice it will be considered on an individual basis. Feel free to email us at:
    Edward Clark Collection:
    The War Poets Collection:
  • We can now offer the inter-library loan service to academic staff and all students. Additionally, we can process requests for both electronic and print material. 
    Processing requests for print materials currently takes significantly longer due to a limited number of staff on site. Please have this in mind when planning your work and research for which you may require the inter-library loan service. See Inter-Library Loan.


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I return my Library books and laptops?

You can return your books and laptops to libraries during opening hours. You can return books to any of our libraries but you must return your laptop to the campus which it was borrowed from.

You can return books in all student accommodation using the return boxes. Please be aware that books returned to student accommodation may take up to a week to be removed from your Library record.

Further information on borrowing and returning laptops can be found in the IT Support section.

Can I borrow laptops from libraries?

Yes, self service laptop loan is now available on all campuses. In response to student feedback, we have extended loan periods and you can borrow laptops for up 14 days. This loan will auto renew, see Automatic Renewals.

Find more details at Laptops to Loan.

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? 

To support you during this difficult time, we have suspended all fines for active users. See our Fine Appeals policy for information if you are unable to return items promptly due to illness or other extenuating circumstances. 

If you are having any difficulties with returning books or other items, please email or call 0131 455 3500.

How can I get help from Subject Librarians?

Following current Scottish Government COVID guidance, staff presence on campus will remain 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.