Information Services

Retired members of staff

If you have retired from the University of Edinburgh then you are still entitled to borrowing rights at the University libraries.


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

What do I need to bring?

Membership Documentation
External borrower Photographic ID, proof of address* plus letter of confirmation from department.

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

If you are still doing work for the University then the college, school or unit you are working for may choose to issue you with a Visitor card through the Visitor Registration System (VRS). This would give you access to library buildings and may give you some borrowing rights.

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

Registration can take place at any library site but can only take place during Helpdesk staffed hours. You may fill in the application form online before visiting the library.

Please note that registration ceases 20 minutes prior to the Helpdesk closing.

Self-registration form

Library opening hours

Your library 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 at a card helpdesk for a £10 fee.

If your card expires you must apply for a new one. To do this you must register with the library again and provide the required documentation as detailed above. All required documentation must be provided.

Replacement cards

Reference only access

If you are not wishing to borrow items from the library then you can join the library as a reference user (consultation only). This would require you to join as a member of the public.

Joining the library as member of the public

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