Students are automatically given library membership on registration. Your registration card serves as your Library card and should be brought with you to the Lending Desk when you wish to take books out.
Students and employees of University of Stirling who register as members of the Western Isles Library may have access to the library’s collection of books, periodicals and other materials, for consultation, and for borrowing where this is allowed within the Library’s regulations. Borrowing entitlement will be according to current borrowing regulations as displayed in the Library. Unless there are good reasons otherwise for individual items, consultation and borrowing should be provided for books, periodicals and other materials to all registered members of the Library (NHS staff and University staff and students) regardless of origin of funding.
Membership of the university library is available to NHS Highland employees and employees of Highland Council Social Work Department. Please bring along your identification card when you visit the Library.
You will be asked to complete a registration form, available from the Issue Desk in the Library. . A Library card will be issued, valid for one year at a time.
If you require access to electronic resources, NHS Highland members are advised to use the Knowledge Network, which provides a variety of databases and full text electronic journals. An Athens account is required to access these resources - this can be acquired from the NHS web site under 'Why Register?".
The University is happy to share its considerable resources with those in the surrounding area who can benefit from them.
Access for the public : any member of the local community is welcome to use the library for reference purposes. If you wish to borrow, this can be done by joining the library as a private member. Please ask at the Issue Desk.
Access for students from other universities : students from other universities may use the library for reference purposes. No formal application is required except for access to the special collections. Postgraduate students from other institutions can apply to their own university library for a SCONUL membership card - this will permit borrowing at our Library free of charge. Your Library must be part of the SCONUL scheme. Otherwise, if you wish to borrow, this can be done by joining the library as an Private Member. Please see 'Joining' below.
Access for staff from other universities: staff from other HE institutions can apply for a SCONUL card from your home Library. This will permit borrowing at our Library. Please bring your SCONUL card to our Issue Desk.
Access for school pupils: School pupils may use the library for reference only.
External readers who wish to borrow may do so on payment of an annual subscription of £30 (£15 to Stirling University Graduates). The fee is waived for those with SCONUL membership cards. Please see Borrowing for information about how many books you can take out as a private member.
Borrowers may register at the Issue Desk within the times that the Library is staffed. Cards are normally available on registration.
Retired NHS Highland employees are entitled to join the Library . The annual membership cost is halved to £15.