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Getting hold of material from other Libraries
If you want to get hold of a book that we don't have in our Library, see Requesting Resources for advice.
Books and journals in other Universities
Other libraries in Edinburgh, and the rest of the UK, may give access to print books, journals and other materials not held in Heriot-Watt University (though access to their subscribed electronic resources may be restricted). We belong to a number of co-operative arrangements, which mean that Heriot-Watt staff and students can have access to the collections and services of these Libraries. For more information please see our Accessing Other Libraries guide:
Before visiting another Library you should always check whether or not they have the item you need, by checking their Library Catalogue. You should also decide if it is easier to visit one of these libraries or use our Inter Library Loan Service, which allows us to obtain items from other libraries. Generally, books are delivered to the Library for collection and journal articles are sent electronically. Find out more about this service here:
National Library of Scotland
The National Library of Scotland (NLS) receives, on legal deposit, a copy of almost all books and periodicals published in the UK, plus many published abroad.
The Library is open for reference only (i.e. its stock cannot be borrowed). It has reading rooms in two buildings: George IV Bridge Building, and Causewayside Building.
You can search the NLS Library Catalogues, to see what they have in their collecitons.
Other resources that search for books
BRE (Building Research Establishment) Bookshop
Providing bibliographic details of over 40,000 books and other material, from more than 60 of the major built environment publishers. Check Discovery and info4education before buying.
This resource is available to the general public and you can continue to use it after you graduate.
British Library Catalogue
Catalogue of the British Library. Use this to find information about books - it is not a full text resource.
The European Library
Search the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and other leading European Research Libraries.
JISC Library Hub Discover
Information about items in many UK national, academic and specialist libraries.
Library Hub Discover currently contains 48,640,975 records created from 135,665,802 records contributed by 183 institutions.
Access to over 100 online resources for those living in Scotland.
Join the NLS Library to gain access to thousands of books, reports, newspapers and journals.
Professional society library catalogues/publications
They often have library resources/services available to you e.g. books, journals we may not subscribe to, as well as briefings papers etc, that will keep you up to speed with developments in your area.