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UHI Inverness Library and LRC

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

Library opening hours, borrowing, renewing and reserving books

Please note:  the Library and LRC will move to vacation opening hours on Thursday 30th June.

Library Opening Hours


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

Please note:  alternative study facilities are available at the Highland Health Sciences Library

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.  Download 'MeeScan UHI' from your favourite app store and follow the instructions to issue and return books 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.  The Collection Point is just inside the Library.

To make use of this service please check the catalogue for book availability and complete the online form. Please use your student email address 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.  Please note:  we will hold the books for you for two working days.  After that, they will be returned to the shelf so that they are available for others to borrow.

Postal Loans service 

If you would like us to send your books to you, you can request a Postal Loan.  Complete the online form, and please bear in mind that books are sent by 2nd Class Royal Mail, so may take a few days to reach you.  Please note: we will not post out print copies if an eBook version is available.

Inter-Site loans 

If you need to borrow material held at another UHI 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 UHI libraries, please email us to 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.


Do you have a visual impairment or print disability?

If you use screen reader software and the book you want is not available as an ebook, we can search the RNIB's BookShare collection and provide you with a personal electronic copy of a book.  Please ask one of the Library team about this service.

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.  You cannot renew a book on MyDay if it is overdue - please phone us (01463 273248) or email us to request a renewal.  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.  

There is a useful video guide to renewing books online.

Reserving books

UHI Inverness students or staff may reserve a book that is already out on loan (as long as it is a book from our Library) by emailing us and quoting the details of the book. Please note:  reserved books will only be held for two working days before going back onto the shelf for others to borrow. You will be sent an email when books are available.

It is not possible to reserve books via the Library catalogue or MultiSearch.

Returning books

How to return your books

You will receive an automatic email when books are due to be returned. If you no longer need a book, please return it as soon as possible to make it available for other students to borrow. If you need the book for longer you can usually renew it (if it is not reserved).

If you would like to return your books, you can return them in person to the Library or post them back using our Freepost address (please retain the receipt given to you by the Post Office). We also have a Library Book return box. There is no cost to you if you use the Freepost address to send books back to us, 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.

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Library Book return box 

There is a Library Book Return drop-box located in the Ground Floor Atrium.  The drop-box is emptied daily by a member of the Library team.

General guidance on using our study facilities

Study facilities

The Library is a quiet space with study booths, computers and over 30,000 books.  The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is adjacent to the Library and is an open-plan area for individual or group study.  It has computers, flexible study spaces and Nooks (private booths for online classes/study).

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.

Library inductions/support sessions

You can book a library induction or support session, either online or on campus.  We will show you how to use the Library and LRC, and can help you make the most of the library resources available to you.  A Library Chat service is also available, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm.


The Library and LRC are shared study spaces and we want everyone to have a positive experience when using our services.  Please respect other users by behaving in an appropriate and respectful manner. Please speak to a member of the Library team if you feel another student's behaviour is affecting your study time.

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 bring food into the Library or LRC (including the Nooks) - this is so that we can maintain a clean and safe environment for you to study in.  A water cooler is available in the LRC.