Cameron Smail Library

Covid-19 Guidelines.

Access to the building will be controlled according to physical distancing guidelines. ID cards will be needed to gain access via the entrance gates.
Occupancy is limited, with 200 study spaces available.
The study spaces – seats and tables – will be clearly marked to make it easier to find a seat.

Face coverings must be worn at all times. Once you are sat at your study space, then it is optional to wear a face covering. 

Moving round the building will be the same as moving round the University – keep left when ever possible and physically distance from other students and staff.

Please note the Library is only open for current Heriot-Watt staff and students. We are unable to accept external visitors at this time.

Learning Commons 1, (Hugh Nisbet Building)

This area is currently closed.

Learning Commons 2, (Building 18)

This area is currently closed.

Please note that due to the current Covid-19 situation, rooms are not currently bookable in the Library, Learning Commons 1 or Learning Commons 2. 

Study spaces in the library for individual study must be booked in advance through Resource Booker

For guidance on how to book a space, see the guide on InformS.

James Watt

  • Semester opening hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 06:00 - 23:00
    • Weekends: 08:00 - 18:00)
  • Out of semester opening hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 08:00 - 22:00,
    • Weekends: Closed
  • Catering facilities available

Student Union

  • Study in the relaxed atmosphere of the union
  • Offering a mix of seating, bars and catering
  • All areas have wifi
  • Bookable committee rooms - see HW Union, room booking for more information.

Crush Areas

  • Located across campus within each School
  • Study and social areas often with vending machines nearby

Central catering areas

  • From cafés to food courts – take your choice.
  • All catering areas have wifi

    See Catering for more information.

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