Information Services

University of Edinburgh staff, students and academic visitors

Staff and fully matriculated students of the University of Edinburgh have full access and borrowing rights to all of our site Libraries . Some academic visitors may also have full rights at the Library.

University of Edinburgh staff and students

Your University ID card should be carried with you at all times.

In the Library, you must have your card to borrow books and also to access printing/copying. 

What does my card entitle me to at the library?  


If you do not have your University ID card with you, you can still gain access by requesting a day pass at the Helpdesk.  If you have lost your University ID card you will need to buy a new one. 

Replacement cards

Academic visitors

As an Official Visitor, including Visiting and Honorary Fellows and Research Associates, you will have been registered on the Visitor Registration System (VRS) by your department and you should receive a University ID card.

Having a University ID card does not mean that you have an automatic entitlement to borrow Library books or access to e-resources. This is a decision made by your department.

Library regulations

A University ID card is issued on the understanding you agree to abide by the Library regulations. 

Library regulations

Policy for child access to the University Library

Computing regulations


Access to other libraries

There are a number of different reciprocal schemes and agreements that allow staff and students from University of Edinburgh access to other libraries.

Scotland's Rural College Library


Other access schemes

If the library you wish to visit is not covered by the schemes or agreements mentioned above then check that library's website or contact them directly to see what their access policies are. You may still be able to get access to the library.