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 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, 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.