Welcome to the Divinity subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.
You will find Divinity books at the Main Library, in the Hub Collection (ground floor) and on floor 2.
Phone: 0131 650 3409
Opening hours: www.ed.ac.uk/is/main-library-opening
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New College Library's substantial Special Collections reflect its heritage as a centre of learning for Presbyterian ministry. Bibles and pamphlets (including many unique early Scottish imprints) are particular strengths of the collection.
The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's historic and special collections, including rare books and manuscripts, University of Edinburgh archives, personal and institutional archives, Lothian Health Services Archives, University of Edinburgh PhD theses, art collection, musical instrument collection and more.
The CRC are based on the 6th floor, Main Library.
New College Library houses the main printed collections for divinity and religious studies. Search DiscoverEd to explore and locate New College Library's printed and digital collections. Due to major estates work the New College Library collections have been temporarily relocated in 2020.
The New College Library – Semple’s Close Wing (Reserve Collection)
The New College Library – Semple’s Close Wing (Reserve Collection) is a small library collection providing taught course students with access to essential reading list items. Many books in this collection are also available as digital copies.
This collection was temporarily relocated to the Semple’s Close Wing within New College for the duration of the Estates project. However, due to restrictions in place because of Covid-19, access to this collection at the start of semester may be limited. We are planning to move the New College Reserve Library collection to re-join the New College Library collections at 40 George Square (previously DHT) in September 2020. Dates will be confirmed in future updates.
New College Library at 40 George Square
New College Library at 40 George Square (formerly known as New College Library @ DHT) holds the main New College Library collections, including books on course reading lists, reference books, DVDs and journals, all on open access.
Further information about New College Library at 40 George Square can be found at https://www.ed.ac.uk/is/new-college-library
New College Library
40 George Square
Phone: 0131 650 8957
Opening hours: www.ed.ac.uk/is/new-college-library
At New College Library and the Main Library, books are arranged using the Library of Congress classmark system.
The most common classmarks for Divinity subjects use the classmark B:
|B-BJ||Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics|
|BL||Religions. Mythology. Rationalism.|
|BR, BS||Christianity. The Bible|
|BT, BV||Doctrinal Theology Practical Theology.|
But Divinity crosses over with a wide range of other subject areas and disciplines so you may find yourself looking for other shelfmarks e.g. C-CT which covers such areas as the History of Civilisation and Archaeology, H-HX for Social Sciences (including Economic History and Social History), PJ for language dictionaries etc.
It may be possible (and sometimes quicker) to visit another library to get access to the item you require. Most libraries will have an online catalogue or discovery service you can search. Check with the library you wish to visit what their access policies are.
Some useful catalogues:
The University Collections Facility is the University's off-campus storage facility, housing a wide range of general and research collections. Material can be requested and delivered to Main Library or site library for borrowing or you can request scans of single chapters or articles via electronic document delivery.
A large number of print journals are held at the University Collections Facility as well as some older books & monographs and other material.
The Library has access to thousands of journals and e-journals.
In New College Library print journals have current issues on display in the library hall and older issues are kept in Stack II.
In the Main Library print journals are on the 4th floor with shelfmark range Per..0 - Per..9.
A large number of print journals are held at the Library Annexe.
You can find print and e-journals and access e-journals and e-journal articles through DiscoverEd.
Although New College Library and the Main Library are where most of the items for Divinity are held you may sometimes need to visit one of the other 8 site libraries at the University to get hold of the books or journals you need. Or you may just be looking for some alternative study space. As long as you have your University of Edinburgh student ID card, you can access any of these libraries and borrow books.