Library Services Update

Last updated 28 April 2022

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 it is strongly recommended that you wear a face covering while you are in our libraries, including when you are seated (apart from those exempt).

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

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.  

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