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Books

Teaching staff

For Reading Lists

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.

Please note that a book order freeze is now in place until the start of the next financial year and we are only buying essential titles. In the meantime please continue to send your requests to us and we will place them as close to 1st August 2020 as possible so stock is available for the start of semester one. If you need a copy of a book urgently in the meantime e.g. to assess its use to update an existing course or set up a new course, please fill in the book order form as usual and add this information to the notes. We will aim to provide an eBook rather than a print copy in the current circumstances.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation a number of publishers are providing access to additional free content for University staff and students currently which we may not have access to usually. This material may not be available afterwards but it will be added to Discovery where appropriate with a note explaining that it’s a temporary resource.

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
  • Details 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 of 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.

For non-reading list items

Please note that a book order freeze is now in place until the start of the next financial year and we are only buying essential titles. Please check on Discovery to see if other titles are available which may help instead. If this is the only title that can help and is essential to your research or project please fill in the book order form as usual and we will look into eBook provision for the title if your request is approved by your School’s ISPC. Alternatively, your School’s Liaison Librarian may be able to help recommend alternative resources. Please contact them at ISHelp@hw.ac.uk for help. 

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 Information Services Primary Contact (ISPC) 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 ISPC 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.

Key information

Library Book Orders