Information Services

NHS Lothian Staff

Edinburgh University Library no longer has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) with NHS Lothian from 10th September 2022.



From 29 August 2022, NHS Lothian staff will be able to join UoE Library as members of the public or to apply for other UoE Library membership options if appropriate and on production of the required documentation. Information regarding UoE Library membership is available on the Joining the Library web pages. 

NHS Lothian staff will continue to have access to a wide range of library and information resources and support from the NHS Education for Scotland Knowledge Network (external site)  

Membership Notes
External borrower  *Membership expired on 10 September 2022.

What do I need to bring?

To register please bring proof of your current employment i.e. Staff ID badge or, a payslip (plus photo ID) or contract agreement (plus photo ID) can be accepted. Please bring the appropriate ID as you will not be able to register without the required documentation.

Membership Documentation
External borrower Proof of current employment eg. staff ID, payslip or contract agreement.

How do I register?

Registration is a two step process- firstly you need to fill in the online application form, and to complete the process you will need to visit a library Helpdesk (during staffed hours) to collect your library card. Data will be used by NHS Lothian and the University of Edinburgh for the purpose of monitoring the uptake and quality of library services and will not be shared with any other party. A full list of sites and opening hours is available on the  University web pages. Helpdesk staff at the Western General and Royal Infirmary libraries can offer specialist advice regarding resources. Please note that registration ceases 20 minutes prior to the Helpdesk closing.

What does my card entitle me to?

Full details of what your card entitles you to can be found at Library Services for NHS Lothian.

You should carry your Library card at all times as it will allow you to borrow books as well as enable access to the Main Library and other site libraries. If your card is lost, stolen or damaged you can get a replacement card at a card helpdesk (£10 replacement fee).  If your card expires you must apply for a new one. To do this you will need register with the library again and provide the required documentation as detailed above.

Where can I borrow from?

You can borrow from 9 libraries within the university including :

  • The Main Library, George Square. (Collections include Nursing, Medicine, Public Health and Business). This facility is open 24/7
  • Royal Infirmary Library, the Chancellor Building. (Medicine) 
  • Western General Hospital Library, Medical Education Centre, Outpatients building. (Medicine)
  • Moray House Library, St John Street. (Education, Sport, Recreation)

A full list of all the sites and their opening hours is available on the  University web pages. Access to departmental or class libraries is not available.

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