Information Services

School Students and Staff

University of Edinburgh Library can provide reference facilities to final-year school students in connection with specific project work. Teaching staff and school librarians are welcome to register as external users, or as University of Edinburgh graduate members, as appropriate.

Updated information:

As all Libraries are closed due to Covid-19, it is not possible to apply to join the Library or renew a library membership. 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.

Covid-19 Library Updates



Final-year school students undertaking projects in connection with Advanced Higher, GCE A Level and Scholarship Level studies can register as reference users.

Membership Notes
Reference (consultation only) Free. Membership will normally expire on 30th June.
External borrower - teaching staff A fee applies. Membership lasts for 3, 6 or 12 months.

What do I need to bring?

Membership Documentation
Reference (consultation only) Photographic ID plus proof of address or Edinburgh Libraries Passport (ELP).
External borrower - teaching staff Photographic ID plus proof of address*

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

Edinburgh Libraries Passport (ELP)

Students whose school participates in the Edinburgh Libraries Passport scheme (ELP) should approach their school librarian in the first instance to get an ELP card. This card should be stamped with the school stamp and taken to any University of Edinburgh Library site where you will be asked to complete an online registration form.

Group visits

Please email the IS Helpline to request admission to University of Edinburgh Libraries. The application should list the names of the students and the subject/s they are studying.

Lothians Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS):

Special arrangements are made for students in schools taking part in the LEAPS scheme, especially those attending the Summer School.

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.


Your card can be used in the Main Library and all site libraries. Access to departmental or class libraries is not available.

Some site libraries may have special arrangements in place for school students. Please contact the library site before visiting.

Replacement cards (lost, stolen or expired)

If your reference card or 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

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