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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

Welcome to the Library Services of the University of the Highlands and Islands

Libraries at the University of the Highlands and Islands - not your usual campus library

For a video version of the information in this guide, please use this link 

Please note, this video was recorded during Covid lockdown - information on access to library spaces and to the Sconul Access scheme (both spaces and Sconul Access are now re-opened) still to be updated.

If you have come to the university from a traditional campus-based institution, our libraries may seem very different. Rather than one large library on six or seven floors of a central building, our study spaces and print book collections are spread throughout the region, from Shetland to Perth, Campbeltown to Elgin. Because of this, we rely on electronic library resources to a great extent and have developed an intersite loan service to enable students and staff to borrow print books from all our academic partner libraries. This service is free of charge. Your local campus library staff are there to help you negotiate the services - get to know them, whether by email, VC or in person,  and your access to resources will be a breeze! 

Image for illustration showing various digital devices

Image from ThirdIron/Browzine. Used by permission

The main Library pages of the university's website are here

Library services are open (mostly) as normal, but some COVID mitigation measures may still be in place. If you are unsure please check with the library you are visiting. 


 The Library Services are provided jointly by the ITDI Libraries team (part of the UHI's Executive Office) and by the Libraries of the individual Academic Partners.

ITDI Library Team provides the electronic element -

ITDI Library Team also provides

Your local Academic Partner Library provides

A selection of eBooks on Research