Information Services

Graduates of University of Edinburgh

Alumni, Friends of the Library and Life members may apply to access physical and online library resources.

Providing any existing card reference number (starting ‘200..’) which you may have, apply for access by using the email address below:
  • Library staff will reply to you with important information for access within 7 days.
Please wait for our reply before visiting our libraries.



University of Edinburgh graduates are entitled to join the library as an External Borrower for free.*

Membership Notes
External borrower Free. Membership lasts for 3 years.

*Graduates of the University wishing to join the library as Alumni Borrowers must clear any outstanding library fines and fees they accrued whilst studying at the University.  Alumni borrowing membership of the library is not open to Alumni who still have access to library services.

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 address*

*Proof of address must be dated within 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.

Further information

Your library card can be used in the Main Library and all other site (centrally run) libraries. Access to departmental or class libraries is not available.

WiFi access for graduates

All our Libraries are part of the University of Edinburgh's WiFi network. Alumni may register for use of WiFi and are entitled to use the service in any of our Libraries.

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.

If your card expires you must apply for a new one. 

Please use the email address below to contact library staff who will send you the information you need:

If you can, please provide your existing card reference number (starting ‘200..’). All required documentation must be provided. Library staff will reply to you within 7 days. Please await our reply before visiting our libraries.


Friends of Edinburgh University Library

You are very welcome to become a life member of the Friends of Edinburgh University Library, which is a separate charitable organisation, on payment of the current fee.

Friends of Edinburgh University Library


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