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Who can use e-resources?

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

University of Edinburgh staff and students

Current students and staff of the University of Edinburgh are entitled to access licensed 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 current staff and students of the University.  Retired staff and alumni are entitled to access a few of our e-resources where separate agreements have been set up.  Retired staff should initially contact their former department and Alumni should contact the Development and Alumni Services team.

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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