Information on how to join and access the University of Edinburgh Libraries, what identification is required and services provided.
During exam period, Reference (consultation only) users will not be able to access University of Edinburgh Main Library between opening time and 5.30 pm. This also includes those with SCONUL Reference Only cards/email
Information on joining and using the library. Visitors are those that are registered through the University’s Visitor Registration System (VRS) by their department e.g. temporary staff, honorary staff, etc.
Staff and students from other universities are welcome to access University of Edinburgh Libraries through one of the reciprocal agreements such as SCONUL Access.
University of Edinburgh Library has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with NHS Lothian which allows NHS Lothian staff to borrow free of charge.
Students studying at the Office of Lifelong Learning (OLL) are welcome to join University of Edinburgh Library.
University of Edinburgh Library is open to all members of the public on production of appropriate proof of identity.
University of Edinburgh welcomes its alumni to our libraries. Reference access and borrowing are available as long as appropriate ID is provided. Fees are charged for borrowing.
There are also access arrangements in place for school students, associated institutions, societies, members of the Scottish Parliament, LEAPS students and ELTC students. Corporate membership is also available.
Although, as a University service, the library is partly funded from central government, it is not a public library. The extent to which it can offer facilities to external users free of charge is limited.
The library can offer some services only on payment of subscriptions or fees, which are set at realistic but reasonable levels. Income derived from these subscriptions and fees is used to maintain and develop collections and services.
This article was published on Oct 27, 2014