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Inverness College UHI Library and LRC

A guide to using the Library and Learning Resource Centre of Inverness College UHI

Study facilities

Study facilities

To book a computer in the LRC, please click here

To book a study desk in the LRC, please click here


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.  Login with your student email address and your usual network password.


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.

Food and drink

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.

Borrowing, renewing and reserving books

Borrowing books

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 eBooksBooks 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.

Click and Collect service - available

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. 

Postal service - available

If you are unable to collect your requested books in person, you can request a Postal Loan.  Please complete the online form.  Please note: we will not supply print copies if an ebook version is available.

InterSite loans - limited service

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 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.

British Library loans - 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.

Renewing books

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 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.

Reserving books

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 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.

It is not currently possible to reserve books online.

Returning books

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).  There is no cost to you if you use the Freepost address, but if you have several books, please separate them in to more than one parcel as the weigh limit for each Freepost parcel is 2kg.

Inverness College UHI
1 Inverness Campus

Book return box - available

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. You can book a return time here.

Please note:  If you are a student of another UHI college, please follow their guidance on returning books.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, access to the building is for Inverness College UHI students only.