School students' card

We can issue a short-term card to school students aged 16 and over who need occasional access to the National Library of Scotland's collections. 

This would be to consult material which is not available elsewhere and which is needed for a specific class assignment, such as an Advanced Higher dissertation or a personal project.

School students should make full use of alternative sources before applying for admission to the National Library. 

Please note that the Library is not a lending library. You have to consult our material in the reading rooms or, where available, online.

How to register

Using our online registration service, you can pre-register and then complete the process to get your card on your first visit to us. See our 'How to register' guide.

If you prefer, you can register when you arrive at Readers' Registration in the George IV Bridge Building.

You must bring evidence of identity and address with you, and details of the material you would like to consult. If you are unable to provide evidence of identity and proof of address, please speak to a member of staff at Readers' Registration or email us at

The decision to issue a card will be at our discretion. It only takes a few minutes to process an application and issue a card


Renewing your card

If you have a short-term library card and you want to extend your registration, you must submit a new application.

This will be subject to the same checks as your initial registration request. You will need to bring proof of identity and address to Readers' Registration.


Lost cards

If you lose your short-term card, we will charge you £5.00 for a replacement. We do not charge if your card has been stolen or if you change your name.

If your card is stolen, you should report the theft to the police and then provide us with a police report form.


Change of address

If you have a library card, you must tell us of any change of address and provide proof of this change — for example, a bank statement.

Your existing card will remain valid, but we will amend our records to show your new address.


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