Information Services

Access to Main Library

Entrance to the Main Library building is by valid University card or Library card only.

Please note that access to all libraries is currently restricted to University of Edinburgh Students, Staff and Official Visitors, and NHS Lothian Staff.
  • All registered students and staff of the University of Edinburgh can access the Library with their blue University smartcard. 
  • All registered external users can access the Library with their yellow smartcard - not currently possible.
  • Unregistered users and guests should report to the Reception desk on arrival - not currently possible..
  • Out of Helpdesk staffed hours access to the Library building is only guaranteed for smartcard holders. 
  • Those who wish to request first cards or replacement cards need to visit the Helpdesk during staffed hours.