This page introduces essential aspects of Perth College and the UHI library service that are relevant to all subjects, including:
Further information on each area is available by clicking on the tabs to the side of this page.
Situated on the First Floor of the Brahan Building, the Library is a quiet environment in which to work. It provides individual study space with 15 computers for you to use. We also have 40 study spaces available with a mix of individual and group study. We ask that you keep noise levels to a minimum and respect other students who are using the Library.
The Quiet Study area is adjacent to the Library and is an open-plan area for individual quiet study. You are welcome to bring your own device as the quiet study area has 22 study booths with a power point at each one if required. If you do not have your own device you can borrow one for the day from the library.
On Floor 2 of the library you will find a flexible study space with a further 30 study spaces that can be used for individual or group study as well as 2 bookable rooms for collaborative working.
WiFi is available throughout the College - select Eduroam from the list of available networks.
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' in all areas of the Library so that you do not disturb others. Please leave the Library if you need to make a call.
Children are welcome in the Library for short periods of up to 2 hours at a time but please ensure that they are supervised at all times.
Please do not eat or drink in the Library - this is so that we can maintain a clean and safe environment for you to study in. Bottled water is allowed.
You will receive an automatic email when books are due to be returned. Please return books 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).
Please note: following government guidelines face coverings are mandatory in the library for the time being. You must also sign in to the college as you enter the Foyer and sign out as you leave. There is a Book Return box located to the right as you go up the stairs in to the library. All books will be quarantined on return for 72 hours before being removed from your library account and being placed back on the shelves. For the time being there is a one way system as well as social distancing markers in the library; this is for your safety and is clearly marked.
Books returned via our Postal Loans service will also be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the shelves.
Book return box at top of stairs in the library
You may borrow up to 15 books at any one time. The loan period is Standard loan which means you can potentially have the book for the full Semester; unless another student requests it. If another student requests a book that you have out on loan you will get an email to ask you to return the book to the library. You must return the book by the new due date otherwise you are disadvantaging fellow students. You will need your student ID card to borrow books.
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. Our Library Catalogue covers all of the material held at Perth College UHI plus the library collections of all our partner institutions in the University of the Highlands and Islands. The catalogue also provides links to eBooks. Books for loan held by other libraries within the University of the Highlands and Islands may be borrowed through the Inter-Site Loan scheme. The library catalogue can be searched from any internet enabled device. At the moment there is no physical browsing allowed so we are encouraging everyone to browse online via Libcat.
A self-issue unit is available at the issue desk in the Library. This is temporarily out of action due to Covid-19. Once the self-issue is back in operation please see the MeeScan guide for further information.
We also have a fiction collection on Floor 2 and a collection of DVDs by the issue desk if you want to take a break from your course textbooks. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the DVDs are not currently in circulation.
Due to Covid-19 we cannot allow staff and students to browse our shelves. We have therefore introduced a new system for borrowing books called Click and Collect, you can watch a video guide to Click and Collect .
To make use of this service please check the catalogue for book availability and complete the online form Alternatively you can email book requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. For each book we need to know the title; first author name or editor name; publication year or edition and the shelf mark. 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 when you can collect the books. You will be given a date and time for collection, please arrive at your given time.
If you are unable to collect your requested books in person, you can request a Postal Loan. Please complete the online form or email us at email@example.com. Books will be posted to you with a Freepost return label.
If you need to borrow material held at another library within the University of the Highlands and Islands, please complete the relevant online request form (for Click and Collect or Postal ) or email firstname.lastname@example.org with details and we will request the items on your behalf, this may not be possible during this time. If an eBook is available the lending library may decline your request.
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.
Books can be renewed online via MyDay or by logging into the Library Catalogue. If your books have become overdue please email email@example.com and we will renew them for you (as long as they have not been reserved by someone else). If you have problems renewing your books, please contact us. You can watch this video guide Renewing books online
You will not incur an overdue charge if your book is late back unless the book has been recalled by another user and you have not returned it on time. If you do not return your book when requested to do so there will be an overdue charge of £1 per day. If your book has not been recalled by another user and it becomes overdue 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 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.
Perth College UHI students or staff may reserve or recall a book that is already out on loan (as long as it is a book from our Library) by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 for collection.
It is not currently possible to reserve books online.