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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

From 23rd August 2021, please scan the QR code when entering the LRC, and follow all safety guidelines regarding face coverings and hand sanitising.

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.  The Library is a quiet space with study booths, computers and over 30,000 books. 

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.

Opening hours, borrowing, renewing and reserving books

Library Opening Hours

Term-time (from Monday 27th September)

Monday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30am - 8.00pm

Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm


Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm

Borrowing books

You may borrow up to 15 items. The loan period is either 14 or 28 days - it will say on the side of the item.  

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. MultiSearch is our resource discovery tool. If you would like to borrow a book from another library, you can use our Inter-Site Loan service, or ask for a British Library loan.

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.

We have a self-issue system too!  Download MeeScan UHI from your favourite app store and follow the instructions to issue books to yourself when you're in the Library, without having to come to the issue desk!

Click and Collect service 

If you would like us to have your books ready for you to collect, you can use our Click and Collect service.

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 Loans service 

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.

Inter-Site loans 

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.  The lending library may decline to lend if an eBook is available.

British Library loans 

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 

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.