Information Services

Edinburgh Libraries Passport (ELP)

University of Edinburgh Library is a member of the Edinburgh Libraries Passport (ELP) reciprocal access scheme. The scheme provides access to more than 20 library services in Edinburgh.

The Passport may be used to:

  • Consult books and journals
  • Use study facilities
  • Search catalogues
  • Make use of staff guidance and expertise
  • Access Special Collections and Archives

Visitors to University of Edinburgh Library

Visitors with an Edinburgh Libraries Passport (ELP) should bring along the appropriate ID as outlined below.

Membership Documentation
Reference (consultation only) ELP plus photographic ID 
External borrower* ELP plus photographic ID


Registration can take place at any library site but can only take place during staffed hours. If you are applying for a Reference card you may fill in the application form online before visiting the library.

University of Edinburgh staff and students

Students and staff of University of Edinburgh should register for a Passport at any University of Edinburgh Library site.

Please note that in the Main Library registration is only possible during Helpdesk staffed hours.

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.