Information Services

SCONUL Access

Edinburgh University Library is a member of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Access scheme. Once registered with the scheme staff and students from any other SCONUL Access institution can have free membership of the Library.

The SCONUL Access website provides more details of the scheme, how to join it, and of member libraries.

Membership

There are two categories of membership depending on whether your SCONUL Access card/e-mail is band A, B, C or Reference.

Membership Notes
Reference (consultation only) Free for all SCONUL Access card/e-mail holders. Membership lasts for 1 year.
External borrower Free. Only for band A,B or C SCONUL Access card/e-mail holders. Membership lasts maximum of 3 years or expiry date on SCONUL card/e-mail if sooner.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring the appropriate ID as outlined below. You will be unable to register unless you have all the requested documentation.

Membership Documentation
Reference (consultation only) Student or staff ID card AND SCONUL Access card/e-mail
External borrower Student or staff ID card AND SCONUL Access card/e-mail (only band A, B or C)*

* You must apply for your SCONUL Access card/e-mail at your home library. Both your student/staff ID card and SCONUL Access card/e-mail must be current and valid. If your student/staff ID card does not have your photo on it then photographic ID must also be provided. Please note that Open University (OU) students must also provide a letter from the OU confirming your status.

What does my card entitle me to?

Details of what your card entitles you to at the University Library can be found on the following page.

Further information

Registration can take place at any library site but can only take place during Helpdesk staffed hours. You may fill in the application form online before visiting the library.

Please note that registration ceases 20 minutes prior to the Helpdesk closing.

Your library card can be used in the Main Library and all site libraries. Access to departmental libraries or class libraries is not available.

Replacement cards (lost, stolen or expired)

If your reference card or external borrower's card is lost, stolen or damaged you can get it replaced at a card helpdesk for a £10 fee.

If your card expires you must apply for a new one. To do this you must register with the library again and provide the required documentation as detailed above. All required documentation must be provided.

Replacement cards

Wireless access

The University of Edinburgh is a member of the JANET Roaming Service, normally known as eduroam. Eduroam allows university staff and students of participating institutions to login at other eduroam participating institutions.

You must speak to your home institution's IT support before visiting University of Edinburgh, as you may have to register or set up the service at your home institution before being able to use it elsewhere.

Visitors to University of Edinburgh who are experiencing technical problems with eduroam should consult their home institution's IT support.