Important news about Semester 2 Library service 2021

Now that we are back in Lockdown due to the increasing Covid infection rate, the University Information Services Group has reviewed the opening of libraries across all campuses, and planned a revised opening programme.

The changes to the opening hours for our libraries have now been published at

ECA Library at Evolution House and the Art & Architecture Library at Minto House will close at 5.00pm on Friday 8th January 2021 and will remain closed until further notice. Only the Main Library (George Square) and the Medical and Veterinary Libraries will remain open for access to pre-booked study spaces, from Monday 11th January. Browsing and borrowing has been suspended. Please remember that the main message is STAY AT HOME, & STUDY FROM HOME.

The Library have launched a new Scan & Deliver service, which went live at 9.00am on Monday 18th January. This service will operate from DiscoverEd and all staff and students will be able to request scans from print books in our library collections that are not available as ebooks.

08. January 2021 by jfurnes1
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Students! Your chance to win £500!

The Centre for Research Collections in the Main Library is offering a prize of £500 to the student with the best collection of printed books or other written materials.

David Laing Book Collecting Prize: For the most enthusiastic student collector:

If you are a current student of the University of Edinburgh, and collect books (loosely defined; see below*), you should consider submitting an essay about your collection, to be in with a chance of winning £500 to spend on your collection.

The David Laing Student Book Collecting Prize is intended to encourage collecting by undergraduates and graduate students of the University by recognising a collection formed by a student. The winner will be decided based on the interest, originality, thoughtfulness and creativity of the collection and vision, enthusiasm and persistence of the collector.  The age, size and monetary value of the collection will not be relevant criteria.

The collection must consist of not less than ten items with a theme.  These may be printed or handwritten books, ephemera or any other written material.

The prize will be:

  • A payment of £500 to the winner
  • An allowance of £250 to choose a book for the University of Edinburgh’s Special Collections, to be selected with Special Collections staff
  • Membership of the Friends of Edinburgh University Library.
  • Entry to the national student book collecting prize, sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
  • The winner will also be given the possibility of exhibiting a selection of his or her collection in the Centre for Research Collections.

The prize is offered in honour of David Laing (1793 -1878), the distinguished antiquarian, collector and librarian who bequeathed his important collection of manuscripts and other materials to the University of Edinburgh in 1878.

Applications for 2020-21 are now open – the closing date is 9.00am, Monday 18th January 2021. To apply please see the separate guidance document and application form.

Go to   for more info!

* What is a book?

For the purposes of the prize, a collection must have at its core physical material with writing on it, in some form, and the text must be significant to the reason it has been collected.  The material may be printed, or handwritten, on any physical medium.  It may be supplemented with material in other formats.


Included: books; printed ephemera; written manuscripts; objects which use text to convey a message, e.g. packaging, signs, games.

Excluded: art which consists solely of images; objects without text, or where it is incidental to the interest of the object to the collection

04. January 2021 by jfurnes1
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Digital Scholarship LibGuide published

The Academic Support Librarian team recently published a new guide to digital scholarship and digital humanities, to assist all students in understanding and navigating this area of investigation.

You can access the guide here.

04. December 2020 by jfurnes1
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Online exhibitions and fairs launch the festive season!

Tuesday 1st December 2020:

Today sees the launch online of the Visual Arts Scotland virtual exhibition, F L O W, their first online VAS Members’ winter show, running online throughout December 2020 and January 2021. Exhibitors include artist’s book makers who have appeared in exhibitions at ECA Library, and/or who have artist’s books in our ECA Library Artists’ Books Collection, for example Entropie Books, by Barbara Morton, and works by Karen Gabbitas, an ECA Alumna, and Susie Leiper, a former RSA Open annual ECA Library Award winner.

In addition, the traditional University of Edinburgh Christmas Charity Craft Fair is going virtual between 1st and 20th December. Many ECA students and graduates are involved, as well as our talented and creative University staff.

Visit our virtual exhibition hall at, where you can find gifts big and small to make Christmas extra special!

This year, the Fair is in support of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, helping in the fight against Covid-19.

02. December 2020 by jfurnes1
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Online library resources in abundance for all our students and staff

We have fantastic digital online resources for your study and research needs!

Use DiscoverEd to find ebooks and ejournal articles, theses, dissertations and more.

Use our journal article databases to discover even more digital resources!

Use our subject guides to explore resources in your particular area of interest!

30. October 2020 by jfurnes1
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Art & Architecture Library at Minto House re-opens!

We are very pleased to be able to announce that the A&A Library at Minto House, Chambers Street, re-opened on Wednesday 21st October! Opening hours for this library are Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm.

You can visit the A&A Library to browse, and borrow books. There are 7 pre-bookable study spaces allowing for social distancing. Please note that you MUST pre-book your study space in any of the libraries. To do that please go to

Please note there are 165 study spaces further along Chambers Street, in Adam House and 7-8 Chambers Street.

Please remember that you are required to wear a face covering for all library visits. Please show respect to your fellow students and to the staff working in the libraries by wearing your face covering correctly over your nose and mouth, and stick to the 2 metre social distancing rule in place for everyone’s safety.

For further information about the A&A Library please click here.

For information about ECA Library at Evolution House, click here.

For the latest library updates, including how to book a study space, please go to the library homepage.

21. October 2020 by jfurnes1
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Dissertation Festival fortnight announced

The Library would like to let you know about the forthcoming Dissertation Festival fortnight, later in October:

Dissertation Festival: 26 October – 6 November 2020:

  • Do you want to find out more about the library resources available to support your dissertation question?
  • Are you interested in learning how to manage the bibliographic and research data you’ve found?

This fortnight of online events will highlight what the Library can do for you to help you succeed with your dissertation.

Find out more at :

Dissertation Fairs :

Come to our Dissertations Fairs which showcase library resources and services to support your dissertation on Thursday 29 October (for the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences)

and Thursday 5 November (for the College of Science and Engineering, and College of Medicine and Vet Medicine)

You can:

  • Make your dissertation something special : find out about the fantastic collections available at the Centre for Research Collections
  • Discover the full range of digital resources that you can access via the University
  • Take the first steps to learn new skills in managing your bibliographic references and your research data

For more programme details see:


12. October 2020 by jfurnes1
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Qwest TV trial begins!

We are delighted to announce that the Library has arranged a one year free trial to Qwest TV, the online resource created by Quincy Jones which gives us access to a wealth of jazz, soul, funk and world music documentaries, films and interviews.

From Wednesday 7th October you can access Qwest TV from here.

02. October 2020 by jfurnes1
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Bookable study spaces now available at ECA Library!

We are pleased to be able to tell all our students that ECA Library Evolution House is now able to take study space bookings for the study spaces within ECA Library.

If you want to study in any of the University libraries you must book a place in advance, either using the SeatEd App, or the online form.

For more information, including how to download the form and access the App, please go to this webpage.

Please remember that you must wear a face covering to visit or study in any of the University libraries.

30. September 2020 by jfurnes1
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Trial access to PidgeonDigital goes live!

We are delighted to announce that we have arranged a three month free trial to Pidgeon Digital.

PidgeonDigital gives access to 276 digitised illustrated interviews and associated transcripts from the archives of Monica Pidgeon, editor of the journal Architectural Design, from the 1940s to the 1970s. During her tenure this radical  journal brought the work of seminal architects to the attention of the wider architectural world. PidgeonDigital is an ongoing educational resource and is added to on a regular basis.

This trial will be live for the whole of Semester 1 of the academic year 2020/21.

To access the trial, first make sure you have registered with the VPN service then follow the link to the trial at our e-resources trials webpage at

If you have difficulties accessing the trial please email

24. September 2020 by jfurnes1
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