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External Members & Visitors

Library Services and COVID-19

The SCONUL Access scheme​ is currently suspended, and we will not be accepting external visitors. ​

In support of lifelong learning, we welcome members of the public either to visit or as paying members with borrowing rights. We also participate in borrowing schemes which allow staff and students from other institutions to use our libraries. To find out more about external membership, see our helpsheet​. To register for external membership, complete an External Member Registration and Change of Address Form​

Visitors to our libraries should also read our Visitor Access to Library Buildings before arriving on campus.
To find out when libraries are open and helpdesks are staffed, see Opening Hours.

Special membership categories 

Affiliate students, access students and FE staff teaching on affiliate programmes

SCONUL Access - staff and students from other Higher Education institutions
Edinburgh Library Passport​ 


​Alumni of Edinburgh Napier University can apply for library membership. If they apply in the year following graduation, membership is free. For each year after this, alumni have a 50% discount on the annual membership fee. Borrowing entitlements are listed below.  

All other visitors 

We offer free study space and reference access to most of our collections for personal educational use.


Borrowing privileges are available through our External Membership scheme. If you would like to join, you will need to register and pay a subscription. Ask at any campus librarySubscription costs:

  • One month £10
  • One year £40 
  • Replacement card £5

You will be given a membership card which must be carried at all times on University premises. This entitles you to:

  • 5 loans only; no requests.
  • Reference only access to items with a '7 Day Book' label, as well as items in the journal, reference, music and DVD collections. 
  • Items from the reserve collection are not available for consultation.
  • Charged document supply if articles (£10.70 per request) or books (£15.65 per request) are required from the British Library.

Please note that under the terms of our licencing agreements, we are unable to permit access to electronic databases or computer facilities.​


How to borrow

Take the items you want to borrow along with your membership card to any Library Help Desk or self-service kiosk. All loans will be recorded, with the date by which the item must be renewed or returned. Most of our book and other loans renew automatically up to a maximum of 4 months unless recalled. See the Automatic Renewals​ page for more information. If an item is requested by another user we will recall it by sending you an email asking you to return it within 7 days or by the due date if less than 7 days. 


You are responsible for all items issued on your card. Do not pass them on to other people or lend your card to others.  Please note: items may be recalled if required by another member.


Our Libraries are for study and customer behaviour must reflect this and respect the needs of others. See Library Regulations. ​


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 takes precedence at all times. ​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​