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Who can use e-resources?

University of Edinburgh staff and students have access to e-resources. However, some licensing arrangements restrict the access we can provide to other Library users.

University of Edinburgh staff and students

Students and staff of the University of Edinburgh are entitled to access e-resources, as well as Honorary members of staff.

The majority of e-resources are purchased from publishers, and access is subject to the terms and conditions of the licence agreements, or contracts, that the University has signed with these suppliers. Part of our obligation is to ensure that access is restricted to authorised users, and for the most part these are defined as staff and students of the University.

Non-commercial use only

Note that all licence agreements cover non-commercial use only, which means that the e-resources should only be used for private study and research, and should not be used for any commercial gain.

Walk in access

Some publishers do permit “walk in” access to their resources, provided the material is only used for private study and research. Where this is the case we have set up access at designated machines, or kiosks, within library premises, and these can be used by any registered user of the Library.

Ask at IS helpdesks about the location of the kiosk machines within each library.

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