You need to register to use the National Library of Scotland reading rooms.
You can also register for remote access to the eResources if you have a residential address in Scotland.
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Step 1: The online registration form
Go to the online registration start page.
Choose the registration category that applies to you and follow the prompts to fill in the form. Make sure to go right through to the third page of the form to submit it.
Once you've submitted the form, your online registration is complete.
To get a library card which allows you to visit the reading room, take the appropriate evidence of identity to staff on duty at Readers' Registration. They will check it, take your photograph and issue the card.
Step 2: Your password and first log in
You will get an automatically generated email after registration that gives your password.
When you receive this email, click on the link to go to the online registration page. Use the 'Log in' option there.
You will be prompted to enter your email address and the password we have emailed to you.
Step 3: Change your password
Once you have done that, you will be taken to the 'First log in' screen.
For security reasons, you should now change your password to something memorable to you.
Use the 'Update your password' link to navigate to the next screen.
Enter your new password in the middle box and confirm it in the bottom one.
Click on 'Change password' to complete.
The password we sent to you now no longer works.
If the postcode checker does not recognise your Scottish postcode when you register, we will give you a temporary login for access to the eResources.
This temporary login expires 21 days after you first register remotely. To continue to use the eResources, you must activate your registration using an activation code which we will send to you by post.
Quick online registration
Please note: This will not give you access to the eResources, the preordering service or the reading rooms.
For access to these, you must use the full registration form.
If you follow this guide but still have difficulty with the registration process, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help you.