The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is adjacent to the Library and is an open-plan area for individual or group study. It has computers and flexible study spaces. You are welcome to bring your own device.
WiFi is available throughout the College - select Eduroam from the list of available networks.
Please respect other users by behaving in an appropriate and respectful manner. Please speak to a member of the Library team if you think a fellow student is behaving in an inappropriate way.
Mobile phones should be set to 'silent' so that you do not disturb others. Please leave the area if you need to make a call.
Children are welcome, but please ensure that they are supervised at all times.
Please do not eat or drink in the Library or LRC - this is so that we can maintain a clean and safe environment for you to study in. Bottled water is fine, and a water cooler is available in the LRC.
You may borrow up to 15 books at any one time. The loan period is either 14 or 28 days - it will say on the side of the book.
As well as print books the Library service also provides access to a vast collection of eBooks and eJournals which can be read online or downloaded. Our Library Catalogue covers all of the material held at Inverness College plus all the partner university library collections. The catalogue also provides links to the eBooks. Books for loan held by other university libraries may be borrowed through the Inter-Site Loan scheme (please note: due to Covid-19, a number of libraries have suspended their InterSite Loan service).
We also have a small collection of leisure reading, DVDs and an Honesty Library if you want to take a break from your course textbooks.
Due to Covid-19 we cannot allow staff and students to browse our shelves. We have therefore introduced a system for borrowing books called Click and Collect.
To make use of this service please check the catalogue for book availability and complete the online form. For each book we need to know the title; first author name or editor name; publication year or edition. Please use your College email so we can identify you.
Book requests will be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified by email with instructions on how to collect the books.
If you are unable to collect your requested books in person, you can request a Postal Loan. Please complete the online form. Books will be posted to you with a Freepost return label. Please only request a print version if you cannot use ebooks, or if an ebook version does not exist.
If you need to borrow material held at another university library, please complete the relevant online request form (for Click and Collect or Postal) or email email@example.com with details and we will request the items on your behalf. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the lending library may not be able to supply the book. They may also decline to lend if an eBook is available.
If the material you want is not available in any of the partner libraries, please ask about a British Library loan. If the book is not in stock, we may also consider purchasing a copy for our collection which you can then borrow.
Books can be renewed online via MyDay (go to Library Resources then Renew a Library Loan) or by logging into the Library Catalogue. If you have problems renewing your books, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will recall books if they are in demand by other students.
We do not impose a daily overdue charge if your book is late back, however, you will receive an email the day after your book is due to remind you to renew or return it. After two further reminder emails, unless your PAT or PDA has informed us that you have mitigating circumstances which prevented you from returning the book on time, you will be invoiced for the replacement cost of the book. It is important to return books on time so that other students can access them too.
There is a useful video guide here.
Inverness College UHI students or staff may reserve a book that is already out on loan (as long as it is a book from our Library) by sending an email to email@example.com and quoting the details of the book. Please note: reserved books will only be held for a limited number of days before going back into circulation. You will be sent an email when books are available for collection.
It is not currently possible to reserve books online.
Updated January 2021: If you would like to return your books, please post them back using our Freepost address (please retain the receipt given to you by the Post Office). Books will not be discharged from your account until we return to the building:
You will receive an automatic email when books are due to be returned. If you no longer require a book please return it as soon as possible to make it available for other people to borrow. If you need the book longer you can usually renew it (if it is not reserved).
There is a Library Book Return drop-box located in the Ground Floor Atrium. All books will be quarantined on return for 72 hours before being placed back on the shelves.
Books returned via our Postal Loans service will also be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves.