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Politics and International Relations

Welcome to the Politics and International Relations subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Main Library

Main Library
George Square


Getting to know the Main Library

This Main Library tour was created prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and is still very useful for finding out what resources, services and facilities are available in the Main Library and familiarising yourself with the building. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic there are changes to access to the building and availability of physical resources, services and facilities. Make sure you check the Library Services Update website for full information and to keep up-to-date with current situation.

Where are the Politics and International Relations books in the Library?

The Main Library holds the majority of books for Politics and International Relations. Most of these books are on the 2nd floor or in the HUB (High Use Book) Collection on the ground floor.

The most common shelfmarks for Politics and International Relations start with:

H Social Sciences, including Economics (HB-HD), Commerce (HF), Sociology (HM), Socialism, Communism, Anarchism (HX).
J Political Science, including Political Theory (JC), Political Institutions and Public Administration (JF-JQ), International Relations (JZ).

Remember the Library has access to thousands of e-books which you can access via DiscoverEd.

Centre for Research Collections

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.

Home and Politics: An address delivered at Toynbee Hall and Elsewhereby Mrs. Henry Fawcett, LL.D. Shelfmark: Pam.1287  © University of Edinburgh. See original image.

Other University of Edinburgh Libraries

There are 10 other site libraries at the University that you can visit and use. 

Edinburgh College of ArtMoray House libraryInternal photo of New College LibraryRoyal infirmary Library