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Social Policy

Welcome to the Social Policy 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 Social Policy books in the Library?

The Main Library holds the majority of books for Social Policy.
  • Books that are on undergraduate reading lists will generally be in the HUB (High Use Book) Collection on the ground floor
  • Most other books are on the 2nd floor

Here are some sample shelfmarks for Social Policy :

Topic Call number
Sociology HM51
Social Policy HN17.5
Welfare: Great Britain HV245
Child Welfare & Policy HV751
Health Policy HV245
Education Policy LC89
Criminology HV6001-HV7220
Criminal Justice HV7231-HV9960
Substance Abuse HV4997-HV5840
Police HV7551-HV8280
Prisons HV8423-HV9960
Youth Offenders/Justice                 HV9051-HV9230 









Social Policy crosses over with a wide range of other subject areas and disciplines so you may find yourself looking for other shelfmarks that you have identified by using DiscoverEd.

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

Archives, manuscripts, rare books at the University of Edinburgh

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 (LHSA), University of Edinburgh PhD theses, art collection, musical instrument collection and a wide range of other museum objects from geological specimens to anatomical models. 

The CRC are based on the 6th floor, Main Library.

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