Other Libraries

Can't find what you want in our libraries? Edinburgh Napier staff and students can use a wide variety of other libraries.

If you are not sure, contact us to confirm if you are eligible before visiting another library. 
Also see our pages on: Bookshops and Suppliers.

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Finding Journals

Library Hub Discover allows you to search the catalogues of UK university, national and specialist libraries through a single interface. This replaces COPAC and SUNCAT.  
Explore the British Library enables users to search the major reference and document supply collections of the British Library.


Library of Congress online catalogue provides access to over 12 million records from the largest library in the world.

WorldCat covers over 10,000 libraries worldwide.


Sconul Access - Accessing other libraries in the UK

This is a scheme allowing full time postgraduate, part-time, distance and placement students to borrow material from other university libraries. Reference only access is also available for undergraduate full-time students.    
Want to join? Please visit the SCONUL Access website for online application and follow the simple steps set out there
Sconul Access website
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Libraries in Edinburgh

Other university libraries in Edinburgh

Other university libraries in Edinburgh - apply for SCONUL access to visit these libraries and check information online before you visit.

University of Edinburgh has several libraries in the city. These include libraries dedicated to specific subjects such as law, science and technology, medicine and veterinary medicine as well as the Edinburgh College of Art library. See University of Edinburgh Library to determine which site to visit, access information and opening hours.

Heriot Watt University is based at Riccarton. Subjects include accountancy, building, computing, mathematics and business.

Queen Margaret University is in Musselburgh. Subjects include nursing and health, psychology, business and hospitality.

Public libraries in Edinburgh

Public libraries in Edinburgh offer: 

  • Free books and journals to support your course.
  • Books, magazines, CDs & DVDs for your leisure time.
  • A great selection of reference resources e.g. Oxford English Dictionary Online, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Who's Who - Biographical details of more than 30,000 people, in the UK and worldwide.
  • Free internet and email.
  • Free study spaces.
  • Free access to great online resources, including ebooks and audio books, at: Your Library Edinburgh A-Z

The Central Library is the main public library and houses both reference and lending materials. There are also some specialist departments such as Fine Art, Music, Scottish and the Edinburgh Collection. There is also a network of branch libraries around the city.

For further information and opening hours see City of Edinburgh Council Libraries

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Other libraries in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is extremely rich in the number and variety of its libraries. Sometimes it may be quicker and easier to use these libraries than to use our Inter Library Loan Service

National Library of Scotland - as one of the UK's five copyright deposit libraries, the National Library of Scotland (NLS) receives all material published in the UK. Digital collections are available remotely to registered members (you must have an address in Scotland). Apply online or in person directly to the NLS for a Library Card.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh contains specialist botanical and horticultural resources. Contact them in advance to arrange a visit.