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Library Support for Research Students and Staff

A Guide to library services for Research students and staff at the University of the Highlands and Islands

Using the Library Collections

Making sure you can access UHI's electronic and print collections 

You must have a current Library Account to use the university's eResources. If you have a staff ID, simply contact your Academic Partner Library to ensure a library account has been set up - Student accounts are set up automatically. Centre for History staff should contact Research Student / Staff Support

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Thousands of eBooks are available from any location with internet access

Searching for Library Resources

Finding the resources you need from the UHI's collections

To search the Library for Books, eBooks, journal articles and more, we recommend you use Library Search. You should always Login to get the best results - you will find the login button on the top right of the Library Search screen. 

To search using the author, keyword, title or subject, click on Advanced Search on the Multisearch page and select from the drop-down menu.

Print books located at any of the UHI Academic Partner Libraries are normally available for free loan within the university. Please ask the academic partner library where you are located for an Inter-Site Loan

You may also want to use Google Scholar to search for Journal articles. Full details in setting up Google Scholar to link with UHI resources and provide links, together with a guide to the pros and cons of using it, can be found in the Library Essentials guide. 




Inter Library Loans

Can't find what you need? - Requests for Purchase, Inter-Library Loans and Document Supply

Members of staff involved in Research, or students undertaking  Research Degrees, are able to request material that is not currently available through the university's collections. To request the  Purchase Inter-Library Loans or British Library Document supply services, please use this online form to make your requests.


We can supply

  • Journal articles (supplied digitally within a couple of days),
  • digitally supplied copies of book chapters
  • papers from conference proceedings
  • loan copies of print books.
  • If a book you have requested is available for purchase, we may go ahead and just buy a library copy, depending on cost.

When an item is not available from the British Library, we can make requests to other University and Specialist Libraries for loans or digital copies, subject to their discretion and in compliance with Copyright Law.


Searching Outside UHI's Collections

Here is a selection of links to large book and journal collections outside of UHI. Search these to find material not available through UHI, which you can then request, either for purchase or by Inter-Library Loan. 

National Library of Scotland

British Library

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