We would like to extend a huge welcome to all our new and returning students. The Library Team are here to help you and we wish you every success with your studies this coming year.
For an overview of our Library services please watch this video (6:39 mins) or attend your scheduled Library induction. Library staff are also here to help you with any queries you may have, either in person or by email or via Live Chat.
Further information about UHI Outer Hebrides Library, including our Library Charter, can be found on the UHI Outer Hebrides Library webpages.
Term time opening hours are as follows:
8 am to 9 am (unstaffed) - NEW additional opening time
9 am to 5 pm (staffed)
Closed Saturday and Sunday
College closure days are as follows:
Friday 17th February 2023
Monday 1st May 2023
Please note if you are not a UHI student or staff member you must sign in at reception.
The Library at the Stornoway campus provides a quiet environment in which to work and provides individual and group study areas with several pcs for student use. We do ask that you keep noise levels down and respect other students who are using the Library. There is also a silent study room that you can access from the Library. You are welcome to bring your own laptop. Wifi is available throughout the college, it is recommended you use Eduroam. Study facilities are also available at our Barra learning resource centre.
If you require any materials prior to the Christmas closure period, please request them as soon as possible. Due to the ongoing industrial action by Royal Mail, items requested from other partner libraries or by postal loan may take longer to arrive than usual. The latest updates can be found on the Royal Mail service update page. Holds on locally held items can be collected up until the library closes for Christmas.
If you need to borrow a book(s) held at another UHI academic partner library you can reserve a book by placing a Hold via Library Search. Alternatively you can complete this online request form, check the box 'The book is in stock at other UHI Partner Libraries', we will then arrange this for you.
Note: If an eBook is available partner libraries may not supply a print copy unless there are special circumstances. If you would like to make a special case for receiving print books please email email@example.com and the librarian will consider your case.
To make use of this service please check Library Search for book availability and place a Hold remembering to indicate you require a postal loan. Alternatively complete this online request form. For each book we need to know the title; first author surname or editor name; publication year or edition. Books will be posted to you with a Freepost return label. The books are posted to the address you provide us with as second class Royal Mail.
Having problems completing the forms?
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).
Distance learners will be sent a return Freepost address label with all books borrowed from UHI Outer Hebrides Library.
If you are not a 'distance learner' but for very good reason you are unable to return books in person to the Library you can post books back to us using our Freepost address. We will include a label with books posted to you but if you haven't got a label we can email the Freepost address to you.