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We have a large number of eResources including eBooks that are available for students to use while studying off campus.

To access eBooks, use Discovery  and you will be able to view and read a wide selection.

Some eBooks only allow a limited number of users to view them at the same time.
Due to the demand at exam time, it is currently not possible to download eBooks in order to increase access for everyone. They can still be read online.

If you have any problems accessing the resources please contact

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While you are studying, teaching, and carrying out research off-campus, don’t forget that you can still access all of the Heriot-Watt University's Library’s eResources.
A good place to start is by searching Discovery, the IS Guides on a wide range of subjects, and the A-Z of databases.


In addition to all the usual eResources, we are currently providing temporary access to a number of new resources.  The providers of these resources have made them freely available to the academic community as part of their Covid-19 response. This includes resources across a wide range of HWU subject areas from engineering to fashion.  Included are eJournals and eBooks that provide access to content from publishers like Bloomsbury, Elsevier, ICE, IOP, Springer and Cambridge University Press. More details can be found on the HWU website.


Students can also sign up for the VitalSource offer of seven free eTextbooks to use until 30th June - more details are available on the HWU website. This is in addition to the usual HWU eBooks, available from Discovery. It is also now possible for many of our eBooks to be accessed by more students at once than usual due to publisher goodwill at this difficult time. 

To find out more about all of the extra resources temporarily available to staff and students visit the HWU website which will display the full list.  
If you have any questions please email us at



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Quick reference IS guide for remote learning
Posted by Claire Bond on 25 March 2020 02:09 PM


Our Library buildings are closed but there is still support and resources available.
Students can still access the IS Helpdesk, Power Hours and one to one support for effective learning. Check out this quick reference guide and keep in touch.

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Library book loans will automatically renew and not generate fines
Posted by Claire Bond on 25 March 2020 01:09 PM

As the Library buildings are closed, it is not possible to bring library books back.

Therefore all library books will automatically renew until a date in September.
This means that your library loan will not become overdue and you will not be charged fines.

If there are any problems with any loans that you have, please contact the Library Service Desk by email ServiceDesk@hw,ac,uk


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Edinburgh Campus Library closed
Posted by Claire Bond on 23 March 2020 09:52 AM

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation, the Edinburgh Campus Library closed at 4:30pm (GMT) on Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.


All Library books will auto-renew until at least September and will not become overdue nor generate fines.


Please check out our Information Services website for access to thousands of online resources.


If you require any help or further information, please email or and follow our social media channels Facebook Twitter


We apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your co-operation.

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