Subject guide to library related topics
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.
For finding data and academic research literature for physics and astronomy, egs Inspec and Web of Science, CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics online, ACM Digital Library and others.
Use DiscoverEd to find out whether Edinburgh University Library has the book you want to read. Try using the ADVANCED SEARCH
Set Material Type to Books and the search to be in the Title field. If you're sure about the book's title, you can reduce results' noise even further by selecting starts with (Title search only) and add other details of the book, eg author name
A book's full DiscoverEd record will tell you what libraries have copies (you can borrow from all the centrally managed libraries).
DiscoverEd will tell you how many of all the copies of a title the Library has bought are available for you to borrow, eg (2 copies, 2 available), and give the alphanumeric code (shelfmark or classmark) which is attached to that particular book, eg QA184.2 Poo.
The first part (QC21.3) of the classmark is where other books on the same topic are kept. The last part (Hal) identifies your book amongst others on the same topic.
If there is a Locate link you will be able to see from a floorplan, where the book should be.
In capital (uppercase) letters in brackets is how long you can borrow the different copies. If copies are out on loan you can ask for one to be returned early for you to take out. You need to choose Sign in to DiscoverEd to see this option.
If you are only interested in online books, use DiscoverEd's Full Text Online filter in the Refine my results menu. Online books do not all offer the same options to their readers.
Use DiscoverEd's ADVANCED SEARCH before deciding you cannot get the article you need from Edinburgh University Library.
Set Material Type to Journals and the search to be in the Title field. If you're sure about the journal title, you can reduce results' noise even further by selecting starts with (Title search only).
Enter the journal (not article) title in the search box you have prepared.
Read the information about the years available from each place the Library has been able to buy the journal.
Choose the place which includes the issue you need.
If only a start date is given, eg Available from 1860 volume: 1 issue: 1, the most recent issues are available.
Some sellers cannot make available the most recent issues. This information is included in DiscoverEd records, eg Most recent 1 year(s) not available.
Free scans of articles from issues held in the Edinburgh University Library's print collections, can be requested using the Interlibrary Loan service's ILLiad form (which is what you would also use to request reading material the Edinburgh University Library does not have at all).
If your request is in before 1pm on a weekday and is for articles from journals held in the University Collections Facility, you will get your scan the same day. Use University Collections Facility Scan Request in the LINKS section of a full DiscoverEd record.
The main print book collections for Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics are held in the Murray Library at The King's Buildings.
The Royal Observatory Edinburgh's comprehensive collections of astronomical literature are available to the UK ATC, the IfA of the University of Edinburgh and other bona fide researchers.