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Merchiston Library

 Merchiston Library

Merchiston library is a bright attractive environment, recently refurbished, providing over 500 study spaces designed to suit a variety of learning styles. Zones 1 & 2 offer Social study space with Group Study Pods and circular tables for Group work, Zone 3 is our silent room, Zones 4 and 5 offers quieter study space around the book stock. There is a wide range of material which supports the diverse subjects taught on campus.


Opening hours


You can: 

  • Use LibrarySearch to find books, e-books, online journal articles and more.  Items can be borrowed or returned using Self-issue machines in the library.
  • Use our computer and multi-functional device facilities: we have 30 networked computers, 4 MACs, scanner and three multi-functional devices (for printing, copying and scanning). There are power points for laptops on most floors and Wi-Fi is available throughout.
  • Book one of eight group study rooms, all of which have a PC and whiteboard, six rooms also have plasma screens.
  • Study in our Silent area, Zone 3, this is a bright room including a mezzanine for silent study, there are power sockets around the room for charging your own devices.
  • Help sessions for Maths plus and English help are published on our plasma screens.

Zone 1 - Social Study Space


Helpdesk, Group discussion, 24 Hour area, Self-Issue and Return, PCs, 2 Study Pods, Covered drinks only.
Two multi-functional devices (for printing, copying and scanning).


Zone 2 - Quiet & Group Study
Reference materials, DVD Collection, 4 Study pods, Study rooms, PCs, MACs and relaxed seating area.
One multi-functional device (for printing, copying and scanning).


Zone 3 - Silent Area
Silent study only - Phones switched to silent, no food or drink and no conversation



Zone 4 - Social study
Self-Issue, Study Tables



Zone 5 - Quiet study
Books, Journals and Music Scores
Downstairs - Books 001-649, Journals A-Z, Music Scores, Abstracts and Indexes
Upstairs - Books 650-999
Quiet study , No food or drink, Phones switched to silent, Minimal conversation


Special collections - For access please ask at the Help Desk
Edward Clark Collection - Material relating to the history of printing
Thesis Collection

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Contact Merchiston Library

  • Telephone: 0131 455 2582 ​​


Edinburgh Napier University

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Merchiston Campus

10 Colinton Rd

Edinburgh EH10 5DT

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