Information Services


Edinburgh University Library is a member of the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL) Access scheme. Once registered with the scheme staff and students from any other SCONUL Access institution can have free membership of the Library. PLEASE NOTE: SCONUL Access users who are eligible to access our library should not arrive at our library Helpdesks before booking a slot to arrange membership. PLEASE EMAIL to receive further information on registration.

The SCONUL Access website provides more details of the scheme, how to join it, and of member libraries.



There are two categories of membership depending on whether your SCONUL Access card/e-mail is band A, B, C or Reference.

Membership Notes
Reference (consultation only) Free for all SCONUL Access card/e-mail holders. Membership lasts for 1 year. PLEASE NOTE, we are currently unable to allow access for SCONUL Reference users until further notice.
External borrower Free. Only for band A,B or C SCONUL Access card/e-mail holders. Membership lasts maximum of 3 years or expiry date on SCONUL card/e-mail if sooner.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring the appropriate ID as outlined below. You will be unable to register unless you have all the requested documentation.

Membership Documentation
Reference (consultation only) Student or staff ID card AND SCONUL Access card/e-mail (Please note we are currently unable to allow access for this group.)
External borrower Student or staff ID card AND SCONUL Access card/e-mail (only band A, B or C)*

* You must apply for your SCONUL Access card/e-mail at your home library. Both your student/staff ID card and SCONUL Access card/e-mail must be current and valid. If your student/staff ID card does not have your photo on it then photographic ID must also be provided. Please note that Open University (OU) students should also have an OU library card, or alternatively, OU issued documentation.

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

We currently require all external users wishing to join the library  to email :

Please provide information of your SCONUL Access status.

Please do not visit our libraries before receiving further information from library staff.

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


Library opening hours

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

Library locations

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.

All users requiring a new or replacement card should email, to receive further information before visiting.

Replacement cards

WiFi access

The University of Edinburgh is a member of the JANET Roaming Service, normally known as eduroam. Eduroam allows university staff and students of participating institutions to login at other eduroam participating institutions.

You must speak to your home institution's IT support before visiting University of Edinburgh, as you may have to register or set up the service at your home institution before being able to use it elsewhere.

Visitors to University of Edinburgh who are experiencing technical problems with eduroam should consult their home institution's IT support.


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