Books

Teaching staff

Information Services will purchase at least one copy of every item on a reading list, multiple copies for larger classes and wider reading to support student's learning.

Send your reading lists to the campus library early in the summer vacation for courses running in semester 1 and at least six weeks before Semester 2 begins. If the same book is needed at more than one campus please contact each library directly.

Reading list contacts
Campus Contact
Scottish Borders Campus Jamie McIntyre
Dubai Campus DubaiLibHelp@hw.ac.uk
Edinburgh Campus libord@hw.ac.uk
Malaysia Campus MYLibrary@hw.ac.uk
Orkney Campus libord@hw.ac.uk

 The following information is required:

  • Title and code of the course
  • Detaiils of the items needed (as much information as possible is helpful e.g. author, title, ISBN, publisher, year, edition)
  • Number of expected students
  • If an item is a key or core text
  • Item(s) to be placed on the 3 hour loan system
  • If there is a reason to provide a print rather than an eBook copy as we will be giving preference to eBook copies iof titles where available?

Items on reading lists can also be requested using the Book request form (Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only). Select reading list item.

To request items to support students' wider reading for research, dissertations, theses, projects etc. use the contact details for your campus library above. Edinburgh and Orkney campus staff can also use the book request form. These items requests are automatically forwarded to your School's Library Representative for approval (Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only).

You will be notified when items are ordered and when they become available.

Researchers and students

Information Services will purchase items (researchers) and books (students) to support your research. Use the contact details for your campus library above. Edinburgh and Orkney campus staff can also use the Book request form (select non-reading list). These items requests are automatically forwarded to your School's Library Representative for approval (Edinburgh and Orkney campuses only).

You will be notified when items are ordered and when they become available.

What happens to your book requests?

Orders are placed with our supplier within a week of receiving request information. Items ordered are shown in Discovery as "On Order" with an estimated date of arrival.

Most orders are received within two weeks of the order being placed with our supplier, but we cannot guarantee this for any particular item. If you wish to find out the status of any particular book order, please contact your campus library. When print books are received from our suppliers, they are catalogued and print items are prepared for shelving, normally within the week.

eBooks are usually accessible within a week of the request being received. A new record with a direct and permanent link to the item is added to Discovery to provide access to the eBook. You will be notified when your eBook is ordered and when it is available to read online.

Journals

Suggestions for new journals at Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney campus libraries should be forwarded to your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian for consideration as part of the annual renewal process. Because of the high rate of price increases for academic journals, funds for new subscriptions are limited. There is an annual timetable for consultation and managing decisions on journal subscriptions, aimed at achieving the best range of subscriptions within the available budget and at introducing increased flexibility and choice to Schools. The timetable and procedure is available in the Collection Development Policy (Appendix B). Please contact the Dubai and Malaysia libraries directly if you have a query about a new journal.

Other items

Contact your Academic Support and Liaison Librarian.