Membership to University of Edinburgh Library is available to staff and students of other universities on condition that appropriate ID is provided.
During exam period, Reference (consultation only) users will not be able to access University of Edinburgh Main Library between opening time and 6pm. This also includes those with SCONUL Reference Only cards/email
Reference access is available to all on production of appropriate ID (see below). Borrowing rights may be available to some students and staff via local and national reciprocal agreements and schemes.
Reciprocal access agreement used by the vast majority of university libraries in the UK and Ireland. If you are a student or staff member from a UK university you should join University of Edinburgh Library through this scheme.
University of Edinburgh Library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with the Scottish Rural College Library (formerly Scottish Agricultural College Library).
Access for Heriot-Watt University staff is now through the SCONUL Access scheme.
OU staff and students can join the library through the SCONUL Access scheme, additional ID may be required.
Students and staff of participating institutions in the SHARES program can get reference access to University of Edinburgh Library with the required ID. Most UK participating institutions now use the SCONUL Access scheme instead.
Staff and postgraduate research students from any othe SCURL institution can join University of Edinburgh Library. Most participating universities now use the SCONUL Access scheme instead.
If your university or college does not fall under any of the above reciprocal access schemes you can still join the library as a member of the public.
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 Nov 4, 2013