Borrowing is available if you are within traveling distance form the library (i.e. you can collect and return books). We do not offer a postal service.
There are a number of ways of getting hold of books we don't have in stock, or only have in print, see:
Let's assume the following book and book chapter are on your reading list:
Greed, C. (1996) Introducing Town Planning. 2nd ed. Harlow: Longman
Fishman, R. (2015) 'Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier', in Fainstein, S. S. and Defilippis, J. (eds.) Readings in Planning Theory. 4th edn. Chichester: Wiley, pp. 33-59
For the first example, search for:
["introducing town planning" greed]
For the second example, search for:
[fainstein "readings in planning theory"]
– i.e. the book title, not the chapter title and the book editor, not the chapter author
You can search by general keyword, e.g. entering [civil eng*] would find all resources with civil engineering/engineers etc in the title, keywords or author.
N.B. the * is used to truncate words, so eng* finds resources with engineers, engineering, engineered etc in the title, keywords or author.
Think carefully about your keywords. See also:
Discovery searches at the book title level, and chapter level for some eBooks.
Our eBooks are provided by many different suppliers, each with their own eBook platform. You can go directly to their platform to search within their books. See our eBook Guide for a list of eBook platforms.
This allows you to search ‘within the book’ i.e. at the chapter level
Although you may not get the full-text of the book (this will depend on various factors), it will allow you to identify useful books, which you can then search for in Discovery (i.e. ‘you know what you are looking for’)
Discovery cross searches many different types of resources. Use the limiters on the left hand side of the screen to narrow your results.
To limit your results to only books:
To limit your search to only eBooks:
To Limit your search to print books at your campus Library:
When off-campus, you will be prompted for your Heriot-Watt username/password. For help with usernames/passwords, see: