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How to use the Library: Students from other Universities

Our professional team of staff offer a wide range of services to all QMU students, staff and visitors. From help with joining and borrowing; enquiry service, interlibrary loans and photocopying as well as subject support from Liaison Librarians.

How to join

Students and Staff from other UK and some R.O.I universities can apply to join the LRC if they are a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme.

Once their home university has approved their membership they should apply to be an External Borrower using the External Borrower Form (found below) and provide us with a copy of their SCONUL membership confirmation email.

Bring this and your student/staff card to the LRC and we will create a library account for you. 

Please note:  Applications may take several days to process and you may not be able to borrow immediately. Full-time undergraduates are only entitled to access for reference purposes and are not required to apply.

External Borrower Application Form

Please attach your SCONUL confirmation email to this form. You will need to show your student/staff card on collection of your card if you post this form to us.

What can I borrow?

You can borrow 6 items from the

7 Day Loan or 21 Day Loan category

Some of our resources are restricted to current matriculated students and staff.

Therefore, external membership does not allow:

  • access to online resources e.g. ebooks, ejournals and databases
  • access to DVDs and Videos
  • access to Interlibrary Loans
  • the ability to reserve items

What else can I do?

Opening Times

External borrowers can access the library Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm.

Help with Finding Materials

General help finding materials is available at the Library Helpdesk. However, if you require extra assistance, please phone in advance for advice.

Wireless Access

Students from other Universities can connect to our Eduroam Wireless Network.  Other visitors can use our Guest Wireless Network.

Library Regulations

All library users must abide by the Library Regulations. Copies are available in the Library or online



If not required by other readers, most 21 Day and 7 Day loans can be renewed for a further period.

Items can be renewed in these ways:

  • Use the self service machines opposite the Helpdesk
  • in person at the Helpdesk
  • by telephone on 0131 474 0800