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Welcome to The University of Edinburgh's Libraries and their collections and services

Virtual tours of the libraries are available all year round.

Information about each of the University of Edinburgh's Libraries

Library staff at the Helpdesks and EdHelpdesks in the University's libraries will be happy to try to help and are also on the Library Chat widget.

Library Chat is found on DiscoverEd and some of the Library's webpages.

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Slide presentations introducing library resources and services

The slides and presentation below were created with postgraduate students in mind. However, much of their content is useful to any member of the University of Edinburgh wanting an introduction to The Library.
Introduction to Library Resources and Services [powerpoint presentation without narration, 1st Sep21]
A recorded version of the presentation on Media Hopper [3rd Sep21]

LibSmart: Your library research starts here

A self-enrol Learn course to help you get started using library resources at the University, LibSmart is designed to be studied how and when it suits you. It has five modules that will take you step by step from starting to use the library to researching a topic for a report or essay. You can choose to work through every module or just the one or two most relevant to you.
You can revisit the course at any point during your studies, and use it as a hub of resources to support your personal and academic development. The content covers:
  1. Get started with accessing and using online library resources for your studies.
  2. Explore and use key library resources appropriate to your discipline.
  3. Find material for an essay or report on a topic.
  4. Manage the information you’ve found and avoid information overload.
  5. Use Library tools to develop good academic practice with citation and referencing.

LibSmart includes reflective activities to get you thinking about your own skills, experiences and what you hope to achieve.

Enrolling on LibSmart

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

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the Login to Learn button and enter your University (previously EASE) Login credentials if required.
  3. Click on Self-Enrol at the top right-hand side.
  4. Click on the Browse Course Catalogue button within the Course Catalogue section.
  5. In the Search Catalogue search box, type "libsmart” and click Go.
  6. To enrol, click on the down-pointing arrow next to the course title and choose Enrol.
  7. Click Submit followed by OK. You should now be able to view the course.

If you experience any access issues, please contact the IS Helpline at

Making the Most of IT

The recorded version of Digital Skills and Training team's Making the most of IT 2021 below or on the University's Media Hopper Create service

This video introduces new students to the main IT and learning technology services at the university. Find out how to:

  • Activate your email account and register for wireless
  • Use the MyEd portal to access web-based university systems and services
  • Access Office 365 for mobile email, document creation and cloud storage
  • Save files to the university network and the cloud
  • Use printing and copying facilities
  • Access the Learn virtual learning environment
  • Get further information and help

Academic Support Librarian (my personal pronouns: she/her)

Recordings of the 2021-22 Welcome Week How-To Sessions

'How to' online information sessions - postgraduates
  • How to find academic literature online [in the develop skills section]

'How to' online information sessions - undergraduates

Includes [in the deveop skills section]: How to...

  • ...get access to library resources you need that The Library doesn't have.
  • ...understand and access your reading list.

Guidance for new academic staff and postgraduate researchers: IS teaching and research services

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