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A warm welcome to the University of Edinburgh Library. This guide aims to help you with information on library resources, services and facilities for your subject. You can explore the different topics using the left-hand navigation. 

Library Service Update 2020-21

This page contains current information on library closures, loans and fines, support for online learning, online access to teaching resources and how to get further help.

Short introduction - How to access online resources



This self-enrol Learn course will provide skills and help to use library resources for your study and research. You will learn how to access, explore, evaluate and reference various library resources. We encourage you to revisit the course materials throughout your studies. 

Topics included:

  1. Getting started.   
  2. Finding academic material in your subject area.
  3. Finding academic material to support essays and reports.
  4. Managing the information you find and avoiding information overload.
  5. ​​​​​Using library tools to develop good academic practice with citation and referencing. 

This is an online self-paced Learn course. To enrol, please follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Learn virtual learning platform.
  2. Log in using your University Username (UUN) and password.
  3. Click on Self-Enrol at the top right-hand side.
  4. Find the course in the Self-Enrol courses listed on the left of the screen.
  5. Click 'enrol'.
  6. Click Submit followed by OK. You should now be able to view the course.
  7. If you want to return to the course at a later date, it will appear in the 'My Courses' section on the 'My Learn' tab.


Introduction to using the Library as an online learner (video)

For more detail this 13-minute video presentation introduces the library services for online learners.  You can watch the entire presentation or chose to watch certain sections.

Video sections

00:12 - Contents of presentation

00:27 - How access to online resources works

01:34 - Using the Virtual Private Netork

02:03 - Links to readings from course environments

02:36 - Library tab in MyEd

02:45 - Library website

02:58 - DiscoverEd for finding library resources

03:43 - How to find an e-book via the Library

05:07 - How to find an online article via the Library

06:45 - Google Scholar settings for getting full text from the Library

07:20 - Finding a journal article in print & requesting a scan

09:16 - Overview of requesting scanned articles and chapters from print holdings

09:48 - What if the Library does not have what you need?

10:09 - Interlibrary document delivery requests

11:35 - Recommend a book purchase

12:03 - Checklist - are you ready to use the Library?

12:21 - Contacts for further help & advice


Your Academic Support Librarian

Workshops and training

A wide range of courses are available throughout the year delivered either in a classroom or online. These include finding library resources for  your studies, referencing and reference management tools.

Academic Support Librarians offer a range of face to face training session throughout the year.  Here are some of the topics offered either in a classroom or online. These can be booked  MyEd Training and Events. 

  • How to use the Library 
  • Top tips for Finding Academic Literature
  • How To Reference and Avoid Plagiarism
  • Discovering News Sources
  • Managing References with Mendeley
  • Managing References with Endnote
  • Centre for Research Collections - Introduction
  • Digital Primary Sources
  • Web of Science
  • Discovering China Information Resources
  • Copyright - Introduction and Guidance
  • How to Find Patents & Technical Standards

Guidance and training is also available from:

Institute for Academic Development (IAD) for academic and study skills.

Digital Skills and Training for digital, information literacy and IT skills delivered in a classroom or online at a convenient time for you. 

LinkedIn Learning is an online skills development service offering an extensive library of high-quality video tutorials in digital, technology, creative and business skills.