Information Services

Joining the Library

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to University Students, Staff, Official Visitors and NHS Lothian Staff. It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.

 

University of Edinburgh staff, students and academic visitors

Staff and fully matriculated students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights to all of our site Libraries . Some academic visitors may also have full rights at the Library.

Staff and students from other universities

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to University Students, Staff, Official Visitors ,NHS Lothian Staff, Edinburgh Theological Seminary students and staff (Free Church of Scotland College), Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff, Free Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff. It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.

NHS Lothian Staff

Edinburgh University Library has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with NHS Lothian which allows NHS Lothian staff to borrow free of charge.

Centre for Open Learning (COL)

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to University Students, Staff, Official Visitors, NHS Lothian Staff, Edinburgh Theological Seminary staff & students (Free Church of Scotland College), Free Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff, Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff. It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.

Members of the public

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to University Students, Staff, Official Visitors , NHS Lothian Staff, Edinburgh Theological Seminary staff & students (Free Church of Scotland College), Free Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff, Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff. It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.

Graduates of University of Edinburgh

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to University Students, Staff, Official Visitors , NHS Lothian Staff, Edinburgh Theological Seminary staff & students (Free Church of Scotland College), Free Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff, Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff.. It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.

Other access agreements

Access arrangements are also in place for certain groups and organisations.

Privacy Notice for Library Self-Registration

This privacy notice explains what personal information the University holds about those joining as library members. It explains why we hold this information, what we do with it, how long we keep it for and if we share it with third parties.

Services for external members

Although, as a University service, the Library is partly funded from central government, we are not a public library. The extent to which we 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.