Heriot-Watt University Discovery

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Heriot-Watt University Discovery


Discovery is the Heriot-Watt University system that enables students and staff to identify and access library resources from any location and any device across all campuses.
It provides fast and efficient searching and filtering of resources from one place.

Go to Discovery and sign in with your usual HWU username and password.

There are user guides on our webpages:

If you need help, ask at the Service Desk in your campus library or contact us by email or phone – see Contact/Visit Us

Using Discovery

Returning students will notice that the interface used for searching for library resources has changed.

Not only has the interface changed, but you can now search through all our library resources from one place.

How to sign in

  1. Go to Discovery
  2. Click Sign in – top right hand corner
  3. Click Heriot-Watt staff & students
  4. Enter your HWU Username and password (same ones that you use for Vision)
  5. Click Login

It is now easier than ever before for Heriot-Watt students and staff to identify and access library resources from any location and any device.

We have moved to the market-leading, cloud-based product Discovery bringing together resources from all of our campus libraries, in Dubai, Malaysia and Scotland, and support searching and access across our global collection. Discovery fully integrates the functionality of the library catalogue and provides access to one collection across all campuses with equality of provision of electronic resources and supporting access to local print holdings.

Discovery will retain its familiar search functionality while streamlining searching and access to resources, and simplifying authentication to our electronic collections. We will be able to manage and track book orders more efficiently and make informed decisions about stock retention and subscriptions based on improved management reporting.

For more information contact Information Services.