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EGIS (Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society): Books, eBooks and Book chapters

Books and eBooks

Heriot-Watt Library has thousands of books on the shelves, as well as 75,000 eBooks that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection. This page has guidance on searching for books and book chapters, as well as borrowing and accessing books.

Find Books (Discovery)

Use the search box below, to search for print and eBooks that match your keywords:

or, go to:


  • This searches Edinburgh, SBC, Dubai and Malaysia campuses and our online collections
  • Orkney - can also browse the shelves to find books in the ICIT library

Search Examples and Help Guides

How do I know if the item I want is available in print or online?

Discovery searches for both print and eBooks. 

  • Print books show an ‘Available from’ link with a classmark e.g. 338.47624 OFO
  • eBooks show a ‘Full text available’ link

Finding print books in the Library

Borrowing from HWU campus libraries

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.

Searching inside the book/finding book chapters

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’)

Google Book Search

What if we don't have the book/chapter you need?

There are a number of ways of getting hold of books or chapters we don't have in stock, see:

Suggested Reading for Specific Subjects/Topics

New Books

Other resources that search for books