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​​​​External Members & Visitors

Edinburgh Napier University Libraries provide resources and study space on all three campuses of the University to assist our staff and students. Membership may also be extended to members of organisations with which the University has agreed arrangements, and members of the public.

Before you visit, please check:

How do I join?

All external members must register for membership through the Edinburgh Napier University Store.

See the user guide at How to register.​

Depending on the external membership category, you may need to pay a yearly subscription of £40.

All membership applications require photo ID and proof of address. Payment is required at time of application. 
Limited user groups are entitled to a free or discounted membership. Please see details below. 

You will be given a membership card (replacement library cards cost £5.00) which must be carried at all times on University premises.​ 


Privacy Notice and Library Regulations

Information Services are required to process personal data of all persons registered with the library in order to facilitate their membership. See:

 Services available to External members:

  • Access to physical collections - The collections in each campus library reflect the subjects taught on that campus. You can use LibrarySearch​ to search for items held across all our libraries.
  • Access to study spaces – The Library offers a variety of study spaces across three campuses.


External users do not have access to:

  • Access to electronic resources - under the terms of our licence agreements, we are unable to permit access to electronic resources
  • Requests
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Access to PCs and Laptop loan

Membership categories:


1.     External Memberships with borrowing privileges:


  • External members with borrowing privileges will be issued with a library card for the duration of their membership (1 year). Members are entitled to borrow up to 5 books in total.
  • Cards are not transferable. The card holder is responsible for all items borrowed on it and liable for any charges accrued for late return of items, and in the event of their loss or damage, for the cost of their replacement.


User Group


Membership cost

Access courses

From Edinburgh Napier partner colleges. Must produce a signed letter confirming their guaranteed place at Edinburgh Napier.            

50% discount


Edinburgh Napier University graduates

50% discount – free for the first year after graduation

Court members

Edinburgh Napier University Court members



People who donate funds to Edinburgh Napier University. Confirmation from the Development Office is required.



(Lothian’s Equal Access Programme for Schools)

LEAPS students have library membership for the duration of the pre-university summer school. They are given University ‘Event Accounts’.


Members of the public

General members of the public applying for a full membership

Full price

Retired members of the public

Proof of receipt of state pension

50% discount

School teachers and

Sixth Year school pupils

Requires a staff ID card or a letter of introduction from their School

50% discount

Short courses run by Edinburgh Napier University




Requires proof of receipt of state benefit

50% discount


2.      External Memberships with no borrowing privileges:

External members with no borrowing privileges will be issued with a library card for the duration of their membership (one year). Access to books for reference only within the library.


User Group


Membership cost

Members of the public



Edinburgh Libraries Passport

The Edinburgh Libraries passport will give you access to a variety of organisations. 



3.     SCONUL Access users

SCONUL members will be issued with a library card for the duration (defined by home institution) of their membership.

Who is eligible?

If you are:

  • ​​a member of staff (both academic and support staff) on an open or fixed term contract
  • a postgraduate research student registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • a part-time, distance learning and placement student
  • or a full-time postgraduate

and your university or college is a member of the scheme, you may be able to borrow from university libraries free of charge.

If you are:

  • a full-time undergraduate student

and your university or college is a member of the scheme, you may be able to use the resources of our university libraries for reference only.

To apply please visit SCONUL Access​.


Campus Libraries

For campus addresses and phone numbers, see About the Library.

Edinburgh Napier University Information Services make every effort to maintain the services described, but there are occasions when this may not be possible due to circumstances beyond our control. Service to our University customers take precedence at all time.​