Joining the Library
Information on how to join and access the University of Edinburgh Libraries, what identification is required and services provided.
University of Edinburgh staff, students and academic visitors
Staff and students from other universities
NHS Lothian Staff
Centre for Open Learning (COL)
Members of the public
Graduates of University of Edinburgh
Other access agreements
Privacy Notice for Library Self-Registration
Services for external members
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.