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Merchiston Library is a bright attractive environment providing study spaces designed to suit a variety of learning styles. Zones 1 & 2 offer study space with study pods and circular tables, Zone 3 is our silent room, Zones 4 & 5 offe​r quieter study space around the book stock. There is a wide variety of material which supports the diverse subjects taught on campus.

Merchiston Library supports the following areas of study:

  • Art and design 
  • Digital & lens media 
  • Built environment 
  • Engineering 
  • Computing 
  • Information management 
  • Music  ​

Library Services​

  • Use LibrarySearch to find books, e-books, online journal articles and more. Items can be borrowed or returned using the self-service kiosks in the library.
  • Use our computer and multi-functional device facilities: we have 31 networked computers, 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.
  • There are seven group study rooms, all of which have a PC and whiteboard, most 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.
  • Equipment for students with additional needs is available.


Zone 1 - Social Study Space

  • Help Desk
  • 24 hour area (term time)
  • Self-service kiosk to borrow and return
  • PCs
  • One group study room.
  • Two study pods, Lapsafe laptop loan.
  • Two multi-functional devices (for printing, copying and scanning)

Zone 2 - Quiet & Social Study Space

  • Four study pods, four group study rooms, PCs, and relaxed seating area
  • One multi-functional device (for printing, copying and scanning)
  • Family Room - Room 1 on Resource Booker​.
  • Stevenson Collection
  • ​24 hour area (term time)
  • Adjustable desk


Zone 3 - Silent Area

  • Silent study only - Mobile phones switched to silent and no conversation
  • ​24 hour area (term time)
  • Adjustable desk​
  • Jim Haynes Collection


Zone 4 - Social Study

  • Self-service kiosk​
  • Study tables.
  • ​24 hour area (term time)


Zone 5 - Quiet Study

  • Tthree group study rooms (two downstairs, one upstairs), only available during Opening Hours​.
  • Books, journals, music scores, and reference materials.
  • Downstairs - Books 001-649, Journals A-Z, Music Scores, Abstracts and Indexes, LRS stock (further reading), CDs, Study Rooms, relaxed seating.
  • Upstairs – Books 650-999, Wellbeing Collection.
  • ​Quiet study. 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

Stevenson Collection

Jim Haynes Collection​

Thesis Collection


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Merchiston Library - Location and contact details

  • Telephone: 0131 455 2582 ​​


Edinburgh Napier University

Information Services

Merchiston Campus

10 Colinton Rd

Edinburgh EH10 5DT

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