Information Services

Friends of the Library

Anyone who is a life member or has an annual or life membership subscription to the Friends of the University Library is entitled to borrowing rights with University of Edinburgh Library.

Library Membership

University of Edinburgh Libraries are fully open to all categories of external membership.

If you wish to join or renew your existing membership, please  e-mail us at  library.account@ed.ac.uk (Please state you wish to join/renew and include in your email your name,  category of visitor and existing card reference number starting ‘200..’ if applicable). 

We will reply to you with important information for access within a maximum of 7 days. Please wait for our reply before visiting our libraries.*

*We may not be able to process your membership if you do not follow these steps.*

 

 

 

Membership

Membership Notes
External Borrower Free. Membership lasts for 1 year.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring the appropriate ID as outlined below. You will be unable to register unless you have all the requested documentation.

Membership Documentation
External borrower Photographic ID, plus proof of status as a Friend of the Library plus proof of home address*

* Proof of home address must be dated in the last 3 months.

What does my card entitle me to?

Details of what your card entitles you to at the University Library can be found on the following page.

 

Library  opening hours

Your card can be used in the Main Library and all site libraries. Access to departmental or class libraries is not available.

Library locations

Replacement cards (lost, stolen or expired)

If your external borrower's card is lost, stolen or damaged you can get it replaced with an online payment of £10. Please email library.account@ed.ac.uk for more details.

From October 27th, 2021, Alumni, Friends of the Library and Life members may apply to access the library by e-mailing:

library.account@ed.ac.uk

(Please include in your email your existing card reference number starting ‘200..’ if applicable). We will reply to you with important information for access within 7 days. Please wait for our reply before visiting our libraries.

 

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.

Privacy Notice for Library Self-Registration