Information Services

Staff and students from other universities

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to University Students, Staff, Official Visitors ,NHS Lothian Staff, Edinburgh Theological Seminary students and staff (Free Church of Scotland College), Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff, Free Church of Scotland ministers, retired ministers and staff. It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.

Suspension to Library Membership

Due to Covid-19 access to the University libraries is restricted until further notice to : University Students, Staff, Official Visitors,NHS Lothian staff;Edinburgh Theological Seminary Staff & students( Free Church of Scotland College),Free Church of Scotland Ministers,retired ministers and staff,Church of Scotland Ministers, retired ministers & staff.It is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew membership as a Library member under any other category.

The information below is not currently valid.

 

 

 

SCONUL Access

Reciprocal access agreement used by the vast majority of university libraries in the UK and Ireland. If you are a student or staff member from a UK or Irish university you should join University of Edinburgh Library through this scheme.

Scotland's Rural College Library (formerly Scottish Agricultural College Library)

University of Edinburgh Library has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with Scotland's Rural College Library (formerly Scottish Agricultural College Library).

Scotland's Rural College Library

Open University staff and students

OU staff and students can join the library through the SCONUL Access scheme, additional ID may be required.

SHARES

Students and staff of participating institutions in the SHARES program can get reference access to University of Edinburgh Library with the required ID. Most UK and Ireland participating institutions now use the SCONUL Access scheme instead.

SHARES

SCURL Research Extra

Staff and postgraduate research students from any other  SCURL institution can join University of Edinburgh Library. Most participating universities now use the SCONUL Access scheme instead.

SCURL Research Extra

 All others

If your university or college does not fall under any of the above reciprocal access schemes you can still join the library as a member of the public.

Joining as a member of the public

 

 

Services for external members

Although, as a University service the library is partly funded from central government, it is not a public library. The extent to which it can offer facilities to external users free of charge is limited.

The library can offer some services only on payment of subscriptions or fees, which are set at realistic but reasonable levels. Income derived from these subscriptions and fees is used to maintain and develop collections and services.