Information Services

Fees for external use

The rates below apply from 1st April, 2015 and include VAT at the standard rate unless otherwise stated.


Reference Access

Reference access to Edinburgh University Library is free of charge on production of appropriate proof of identity. Reference cards will normally be available for one year from date of registration.


External Borrowers
3 months £30
6 months £55
12 months £75

Please note that borrowing will not include items from the Reserve section or access to E-resources.

Renewing your external borrowers card

 If you wish to renew your membership card, please bring proof of address dated within the last 3 months and photo ID. If you have difficulty coming in person, we can send out a renewed card to the existing address on record as means of proof that you are still resident at this address. External borrowers can contact the Main Library Helpdesk on 0131 650 3409 and pay membership fees by credit or debit card. An updated Library card will then be sent out to your home address.

If you attend in person, without proof of address, we can at our discretion send a renewed card to the address on our records but wouldn't be able to provide you with a card at that time.

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.