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Highland Theological College Library

A guide for users of Highland Theological College Library


Supporting a Community of Faith and Scholarship since 1994

Click here to view an online exhibition on our history and collections

last updated: 18 October 2022


Library Opening Hours

Library staff employ a hybrid working model and are available to help 9am-5pm Mon-Fri except during any vacation periods listed in this guide. We are committed to be flexible in opening hours where necessary to reasonably accommodate the needs of the staff and student community in response to demand. 

Christmas Closure: 22nd December 2022-4th January 2023

Mondays - 09:00-17:00 (Unstaffed)

Tuesday - Friday 09:00-17:00 (Staffed 10:00-16:00)

Access to Paisley is by appointment, contact


Contact Details

For students and staff: Click here to book a video call appointment with Geordie

Email: or  

Telephone: 01349 780215 or 07761606407

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During periods of annual leave or high demand queries may be responded to by Mark D Stirling - Library Officer, Theology. 


Live Chat

Do you have an urgent query? Speak to a UHI library staff member on live chat. Available 09:00-17:00 during term time. Click here to start a chat

Borrowing, renewing and reserving books

Borrowing books

Books may be renewed on request. All books are subject to immediate recall if requested by another user and should be returned immediately if a recall notice is issued. There are no fines for overdues, but users may be asked to pay for replacements if a book is lost or damaged.

Access students and undergraduates may borrow up to 15 books at a time. Additional books may be loaned to students undertaking projects and dissertations at the librarian's discretion.

Postgraduates and staff may borrow more than 15 books at a time, at the librarian's discretion.

Members of the public may register with the library as external users to gain limited access to print books. UHI Alumni can register to take advantage of a portion of the electronic resource collections using this form. Alumni should note that at present this scheme does not grant full access to the university's digital collections

The library service provides access to a vast collection of eBooks and eJournals which can be read online or downloaded. LibrarySearch covers all of the material held at HTC plus all the partner university library collections. The catalogue also provides links to the eBooks. Books for loan held by other university libraries may be borrowed through the Inter-Site Loan scheme.



Click and Collect service (Dingwall & Paisley) 

A Click and Collect service is available. Requests cannot always be fulfilled the same day they are submitted and should be submitted in advance. 

To make use of this service please check the catalogue for book availability.

As of August 2022, you no longer need to fill in a request form. Use the 'Place Hold' button in the library catalogue instead, or contact the library directly.

Book requests will be processed as soon as possible and you will be notified by email with instructions on how to collect the books. Collections from the Paisley campus will be coordinated by the Paisley Centre Administrator.


Postal service 

If you are unable to collect your requested books in person, or are a distance learner you can request a Postal Loan.  We will not usually post print copies of books if an eBook edition of the book is available. 


As of August 2022, you no longer need to fill in a request form. Use the 'Place Hold' button in the library catalogue instead, or contact the library directly.


Inter-Site loans (ISLs) 

If you need to borrow material held at another university library, please complete the relevant online request form (for Click and Collect or Postal) or email or with details and we will request the items on your behalf.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the lending library may not be able to supply the book.  We will not usually offer inter-site loans of print books where an eBook is available.


British Library loans 

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 in Accessible Formats

For HTC students who have a disability which impairs the use of print books we can offer access to the online RNIB Bookshare platform, offering a huge variety of books in accessible formats and provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People. Please contact the library if you would like to use this service or would like further information.



The SCONUL Access Scheme allows students and researchers to apply to access the library collections of other participating institutions.


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 can also request the library to renew your books for you by emailing or 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.


Reserving books

Highland Theological College UHI students or staff may reserve a book that is already out on loan (as long as it is a book from HTC library and not another UHI library) by sending an email to or 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 or ready for posting

To request the recall of a book on loan to another please contact the library.

Returning books

Returning Books in Person

Books can be returned in person to Dingwall or to Paisley. Please make arrangements beforehand. Access to the college premises is by appointment only. Please use the click and collect form or email the library to request an appointment for returning books in person. 

Returning Books by Post

Please return book to:


Highland Theological College UHI Library

High Street,

Dingwall, Ross-Shire

IV15 9HA


or by Freepost (from within the UK) to: 

Attn Library
Highland Theological College
High Street
IV15 9HA


An optional freepost label can be downloaded and printed here: