Please come and join us!

Membership of the Friends brings you a wide range of benefits:

  • the right to a Library borrowing card: Friends of Edinburgh University Library have been granted reference and borrowing facilities at the Library. Up to 15 items at any one time may be borrowed. 
  • the knowledge that you are supporting the work of the Library by helping to purchase items for the collections that the Library could not otherwise afford to acquire
  • participation in Friends’ meetings, including talks by leading scholars, publishers and authors.  Members may bring a friend to the Annual General Meeting talk, but for other events any accompanying friend will be invited to make a donation of £5 to the Friends
  • a twice-yearly illustrated newsletter, The Piper, with news of the Library and the Friends activities. Download a sample copy: The Piper Spring 2021[pdf]
  • invitations to openings and private views of Library exhibitions (normally three per year)
  • an annual visit to another library or similar places of interest
  • discount on Friends’ and the Library’s own publications

Testimonials from Current Members

Current Member Danielle Howarth“I first joined the Friends of Edinburgh University Library because of their great-value student membership price. I have come to love that I can be more involved with the Library and attend special events and talks organised especially for the Friends. My membership also gives me the opportunity to meet and form connections with all the other amazing people that are involved with the Friends group, many of whom I would not have the opportunity to meet otherwise. I really enjoy being a member of the Friends and greatly recommend it to all students and recent graduates!” — Danielle Howarth (UK)

“I joined the Friends of Edinburgh University Library more than thirty years ago when I was a member of staff in the Library’s Special Collections. I decided to do so because I had seen at first hand the important contribution they made to the purchase of significant items for the Library’s collections of manuscripts and rare books. Now I am retired I enjoy the opportunity membership gives me to keep up to date with developments in the library through Friends’ newsletters and to meet friends and former colleagues at Friends’ events.” — Marjorie Robertson (UK)

Rick Sher“I joined the Friends of Edinburgh University Library many years ago in gratitude for the invaluable assistance I received for my research as a postgraduate student, and subsequently as a scholar of the Scottish Enlightenment and book history based in the USA. Unfortunately, distance prevents me from taking part in most of the group’s trips and activities, but I have fond memories of a visit to Newhailes which my wife and I once took with the Friends. Now that I have retired, I have upgraded to a Life Membership as a further expression of thanks and appreciation.” — Rick Sher (USA)

Our current President and Secretary have written a short article on the history of the Library and the Friends and encouraging membership. It may be viewed here. (pdf)

Current Subscriptions:

  • Annual Individual Membership (1st August to 31st July) £20
  • Annual Joint Membership (2 members at the same address) £35
  • University of Edinburgh Student Member £10
  • Life Membership £150 (over 60s only)
  • Joint Life Membership (2 members at the same address) £250

If you are a UK tax payer, you can use Gift Aid to make your donation worth more to us at no extra cost to yourself.

Payment Options:
  • Standing Order
  • Cheque
  • Electronic transfer
Membership Application Forms can be downloaded and printed by clicking the link below or by contacting Ms Alason Roberts, the FoEUL Administrator, at the address below:
If you would like to set up regular annual payments, please either set up a Standing Order electronically directly with your bank, or complete a Standing Order form:

Please post cheques and completed forms to the address below. Completed Membership Application forms can be scanned and emailed to  (however, signed Standing Order forms must be originals, not scanned copies).

Ms Alason Roberts (Administrator)
Friends of Edinburgh University Library
Edinburgh University Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ

Privacy policy: The Friends respect your privacy and we are committed to safeguarding your personal information. Our GDPR Privacy Policy is available to download here.

Purchase a Subscription to the Friends of Edinburgh University Library for a friend!

If you are already a Friend and would like to make a gift of a subscription to the Friends of Edinburgh University Library to one or more of your friends, you are very welcome to do so. It is not necessary to be a graduate of the University of Edinburgh to join the Friends of Edinburgh University Library. 

If you would like to purchase a subscription for a friend, please send a completed application form with your friend’s details to the Friends’ Administrator (contact details as above), along with your payment, which can be made either by cheque or electronic transfer.

The Friends of Edinburgh University Library are extremely grateful for your subscription and all donations, and will use these funds to support the purchase, conservation and display of rare and important materials in the Library’s collections.


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