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​​​Welcome to Edinburgh Napier University!

We’re here to help you find the information and library resources you need. Some services are most relevant to academic staff, but library resources are here for all staff.​

Ask for an introduction

Our Subject Librarians work with academic staff to support learning, teaching and research in the university. C​ontact your librarian and request an introduction to services available, which ​databases/resources we have in your subject area, and how to get the Library resources you and your students need for new modules. See My Librarian​. ​​


Finding books and other resources​


Use Library​​​​Search​ to search across Edinburgh Napier University Library collections, including books, ebooks, ejournal articles and more. See Finding Information​ for more details.

If you can't find what you want in our libraries, you can also use other libraries with the SCONUL Access scheme or request an inter-library loan​.

Getting started

Here are some of the most useful pages for new staff:


Borrowing books

Bring your staff ID card with you when you visit the library. You can borrow up to 30 items at a time. Books will automatically renew for up to a maximum of four months (unless requested by another user).

You can also use Click and Collect​ to request books in advance of your visit.​

Postal Loans Service

The Postal Loans Service allows you to request books online using LibrarySearch, and we will send them to you using Royal Mail. ​​This service is available to all UK-based students and staff​. See Postal Loans Service​.​

Late returns and fines

For information about late returns and fines, see Our Charges and Fines.

Circulation Guidelines

For all information about borrowing, loans, fines and debt, see Circulation Guidelines.

Reading lists​


Edinburgh Napier uses the reading list software Leganto for the creation of online reading lists.

  • To create lists for your modules and link to them from Moodle, see instructions on the Reading Lists LibGuide or ask your Subject Librarian for a training session.
  • ​Please send your reading list​ to the Library well before the beginning of each trimester.

New modules/resources

To suggest new book or journal purchases, contact your Subject Librarian.

  • Be aware that it can take up to twelve weeks for physical books to arrive in the library
  • If you are developing a new course, discuss requirements with your Subject Librarian as soon as possible.

Giving students online access to resources

​​​​There are two ways you can give students online access to library resources.

  • ​Create links to resources - either using quick Leganto tools to add an item to your online reading list or see Link to books and journals.
  • Request PDF copies of articles and book chapters using the Digital Extracts Service. You can then upload these files to Moodle course. This service allows you to make readings easily available for students, with appropriate copyright clearance.
Note that downloading or scanning articles yourself for adding to Moodle will breach the terms of the University's HE Copying and Scanning Licence. For more information, see Digital Copying for Moodle​.

Helping students learn about Library resources

Subject Librarians can work with you to identify and address the information needs of your students.

  • ​Contact your Subject Librarian to request in-class sessions for students tailored to the needs of your module.
  • This can include a basic introduction to LibrarySearch or specific databases and development of digital literacy skills.

Ask for help

Email and telephone help is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Telephone: 0131 455 3500