Library News and Events


Book Week Scotland 2020

Book Week Scotland is an annual celebration of books and reading, supported by Creative Scotland and SLIC. View the full timetable of Book Week Scotland events here. The Library team have organised the following online events. All University of the Highlands and Islands staff and students are welcome to join. Email our Library team to secure your spot: 

  • Wednesday 18 November at 4pm: Inspiring Creative Writing Workshop with Author Tracey Emerson

'Writing now is an act of faith. It is this hope that the practice of writing, and reading, matters that should motivate us.' Jennifer Egan.

In these trying times, a creative writing practice can bring us insight and clarity, as well as providing a pleasurable escape. In this fun and accessible workshop author, Tracey Emerson, will look at how we can use our memories and experiences as a catalyst for fiction and non-fiction. Using safe, enjoyable exercises, Tracey will explore ways of accessing our memories and examine the fictitious nature of memory itself.

By drawing on our past and present, we can build a path to the future, one word at a time.

  • Thursday 19 November at 4pm: Reading The Future with Alex Nye and Tracey Emerson

Join authors Tracey Emerson and Alex Nye as they discuss dystopian and experimental novels that offer us visions of future worlds and of the future of the novel itself. Novels that shape our changing narrative. Learn how such works offer us hope in difficult times, not only by acting as a warning system, but also by showing us how to survive and to thrive.

Pictures of two authors

ESOL Book Club and Creative Writing Group

If you are interested in reading and talking about books - and want to improve your English skills - the library ESOL reading club is back, and is looking for new members. On Wednesday 11 November at 4pm, the author Alex Nye will be talking about her book 'When We Get to the Island' - in a session kindly supported by The Scottish Library and Information Council.
The library is also running a new Creative Writing Group. On Wednesday 18 November, author Tracey Emerson will be running the workshop ‘Writing Your Way to the Future’. In these trying times, a creative writing practice can bring us insight and clarity - as well as providing a pleasurable escape. This fun and accessible workshop will look at how we can use our memories and experiences as a catalyst for fiction and non-fiction. Using safe, enjoyable exercises, we will explore ways of accessing our memories and examine the fictitious nature of memory itself. By drawing on our past and present, we can build a path to the future, one word at a time.
If you would like to take part in any of these sessions, get in touch at

Students from UHI are welcome.

Library Study Space Update

We are opening our doors for study again but, to allow for physical distancing, there will be fewer study spaces - so you will need to book your space (no PC) for 3 hours here.

To book study space with a PC or a Mac (you won’t be able to borrow a laptop) please call 01738 877721 or email:

Check NEW rules on using the library here.

UHI Writing Challenge

All UHI students were challenged to send in 100 words of fiction on the topic of ‘Leaving Home’ either in English or Gaelic. The winners have been announced:

  • Jim Inves - winner of the entries in English. Jim is a mature student studying NC Art and Design based in Shetland.
  • Feòrag - winner of the entries in Gaelic. Feòrag is from the Isle of Skye, studying BA(Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture.

There were two prizes of £100 on offer sponsored by UHI Libraries. We had 3 UHI staff judges as well as published author, Tracey Emerson. Our Library team would like to thank all students who took part in the competition. We have published the anthology with all the compositions here. Well done to all.


students outside

Drop-in Sessions

The Library team are still available to help you get access to resources and give advice. Virtual drop in sessions will be available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Friday-  where a member of the team will be available to help answer any questions.

Simply click the link below to join the session (Google Chrome and Firefox works best).

Outside of these times, you can contact the team via email 

No dates currently available TBC

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) announces help during closures due to COVID-19

CLA is temporarily increasing the copying limits in its licence to make it easier for staff and students to access remote learning resources during this difficult period. Full details of the temporary terms are available on the CLA website

Book Clubs

If you want to take part in the online book clubs, get in touch with the or All UHI students are welcome!

The ESOL book club meeting to discuss their next book

Library Makeover


In 2019, the library had a makeover!


Self-scan Unit

Have you seen the library's new self-scan unit? If the library desk is busy, any library user can use the new service. It’s quick, easy and saves time.

The new library self scan machine

Why not download the UHI MEESCAN App?

Watch a short video on how to use the service.

Book Week Scotland 2019

What an amazing, inspiring week - celebrating the power of books, reading and writing. We had over 100 people getting involved in the events organised by Perth College UHI Library, so thank you to everyone that participated. We organised a themed dinner party together with the hospitality department in the Gallery Restaurant. We had author visits from writers Kerry Hudson and Conner McAleese where they discussed their latest books. And the week finished with a creative writing workshop run by author Tracey Emerson - where we engaged with external organisation, Support in Mind.

We were totally overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback. So, thank you for all of your support!Events that took place at book week scotland

UHI Writing Competition

Thank you to all the students that took part in the UHI Writing Competition, it was great to read so many good entries. The topic was New Beginnings and the winner of the English entry was Liam Tearse, an NQ Personal and Vocational Studies student from Lews Castle College. Roderick Macleod was the winner of the Gaelic entry, he is studying BA (Hons) Gaelic Language and Culture. Congratulations to both of them.

Liam winner of the uhi writing competition

New Beginnings by Liam Tearse

Click. Beep. Strong white light.
Push. Groan. Eyes shut tight.
Exclamation of surprise.
With newborn lungs, powerful cry.
Life has started, a life has changed.
A room, with toys must be arranged.
A chance for learning, a chance for love.
A little life that is beloved.
A chance for changing the course of the earth.
Life made an imprint straight from birth.
Who will this person grow to be?
Glory is in the wait and see.
Excitement in taking you home.
The love that will someday be outgrown.
Baby nestles into mother's skin.
We watch while this new life begins.

Rory winner of the UHI Gaelic writing competition

New Beginnings by Roderick Macleod

Ma bhitheas luach nàdair neach cho cudromach ri sùim nan coileanaidhean, dè an t-àite as fheàrr airson tòiseachadh na leis an liosta ud ann an litir Phòil gu nan Galàtianaich (5mh caibideil, 22-23mh earrainn)?

Athair nèamhaidh,

dùisg sinn le do ghràdh

soillsich ar beatha le d’ aoibhneas

gum bi sinn air ar bàisteadh nad shìth dhomhainn,

mar gun tigeadh sinn beò ann an latha ùr.

Gun ciùinicheadh tu led fhoighidinn sinn.

Cuir do chaomhalachd an àite ar fèineileachd.

Nar n’aingidheachd, tha tart oirnn airson

uisgeachan milis do mhaitheis.

Anns an caoimhneas do làimh

tha ar slàinte air fhoillseachadh.

Agus nach e dìlseachd

toradh an fhèin-smachd?

New Beginnings by Roderick Macleod. Translated by Anne Frater


If a person’s nature is to be measured by the sum of its parts, where better to start than with the list in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, chapter 5 ,verse 22-23?

Heavenly father

wake us with your love

light our life with your joy

so that we may be baptised in your profound peace,

as if we were coming alive in a new day.

That you would quiet us with your patience

put your gentleness in place of our selfishness

in our iniquity we thirst

for the sweet waters of your goodness.

In the gentleness of your hand

our health is revealed.

And is faithfulness not

the fruit of self-control?


Reading Well for Mental Health

A carefully curated collection of books, to support and inform on aspects of Mental Health, is now available at Perth College UHI library. The self help guides, and personal stories, are aimed at students and staff. To see the full list of titles, and where they can be found, go to the Reading Well for Mental Health list.