Staff and students from other universities
Membership to University of Edinburgh Library is available to staff and students of other universities on condition that appropriate ID is provided. Reference access is available to all on production of appropriate ID. Borrowing rights may be available to some students and staff via local and national reciprocal agreements and schemes.
As all Libraries are closed due to Covid-19, it is not possible to apply to join the Library. Once the Libraries are allowed to open we will welome new memberships. Any updates to Library services can be found on our Covid-19 Library Updates webpage.
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).
Open University staff and students
OU staff and students can join the library through the SCONUL Access scheme, additional ID may be required.
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.
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.
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.
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.