Your University card performs various functions, including identification, library membership, printing and photocopying, cashless catering and access to controlled areas.
Why you should carry your card at all times:
You will be asked to produce your University card:
Library membership is available to both staff and students. This membership is automatically added to student cards. Staff members may have to validate their new University card at a library site.
Visitors automatically have access to library buildings but access to library services, such as borrowing, is determined by the visitor category under which you have been registered on the Visitor Registration System (VRS).
Your card is printed with your library membership number in barcode format. This barcode is used both by library Helpdesks and when using self-issue machines available within individual libraries.
All University cards are pre-accredited to permit access to the Main Library, George Square and other 'open access' areas.
All student cards additionally are pre-accredited for 'after hours' entry to central computing labs which have access controlled doors, currently:
If you are a student and need access to doors in your School, please initially speak to your School administration team or supervisor to arrange this.
By default, staff and visitor cards are not pre-accredited with access to any area other than the Main Library and other 'open access' areas.
If you are a staff member or visitor and need access to doors in your School, please initially speak to your School administration team or contact the IS Helpline.
Access to unaccredited areas is at the discretion of the department concerned. Your department can advise whether the use of your University card applies to doors under its control and give authorisation for such accreditation, if applicable.
Any access to areas other than 'open access' areas can only be requested from the Door Manager located within the specific school, college or support unit, so please speak to the administrative team of that area or contact the IS Helpline.
You may be required to enter your PIN to access some controlled areas.
Cloud printing is a system whereby rather than printing to one specific printer that many other users may also be trying to use, you can print to one of two print queues, either from a lab computer or your own machine. Using your University card, touch the card reader of any of the corresponding Xerox MFP printers displaying the cloud printing icon, and release your print job there and then for up to a period of 24 hours after sending it.
UpayChilli, the University of Edinburgh's cashless catering system, is an exclusive service for all staff and students that allows you to pay for a range of catering in University-managed outlets with your University card or your mobile.