Services and Facilities

External and Alumni Members

External members may visit the Library again to browse the shelves or use study space. We advise checking before each visit as restrictions may need to be re-introduced at short notice.

Please do not visit the Library to register as an external member. Complete the registration form at the bottom of this page and email it to the Library. A Library card will be posted to you.

How it works

We offer membership to support individuals - including RGU Alumni and those studying for professional qualifications or seeking to keep up to date with professional issues - and companies.

External members can borrow 5 books at any time and also place holds on items via the Library Catalogue.

Is there anything I can't borrow?

Journals and other items on the shelves that are reference only cannot be borrowed - they can only be used within the library. These will be indicated by a label on the item.

Electronic Resources and Databases

Unfortunately, our license agreements do not allow us to offer Alumni or External members access to our electronic collections.

External Membership Types

Note: Applications can only be processed by email. Please do not visit the library to register. Send your completed application form and copies of all supporting documents to Your Library card will be posted to you after which you may vist the Library and borrow items.

Personal Membership (including Alumni)

  • Full Rate - £25 per annum (for non-commercial use only)
  • Concessionary Rate - £10 per annum (senior citizens, practice teachers, occasional lecturers, retired RGU staff, and individuals on CPD courses who would not normally have access to library facilities)
  • Free - (RGU alumni, RGU evening/weekend class students, NHS Grampian staff members, Robert Gordon's College staff and 6th year students. Also individuals on CPD courses lasting less than 10 weeks when Library registration is a requirement. The paying category applies to CPD courses where Library registration is not required. Course leaders advise Library staff on each category.)

To join as a personal member, please complete and return a copy of the appropriate membership form:

SCONUL Membership

Students studying at other Universities in the UK may apply for free membership under the SCONUL access scheme. Please check your home instution's website for details on how to apply for the scheme. You must have an approval email before visiting RGU Library. SCONUL memberships can be processed 0900-1700 Monday-Friday.

On arrival at RGU Library please show your SCONUL approval email and your home institution student ID. You'll be asked to complete a membership form after which you'll be able to access the Library and the borrowing privilleges for Bands A-C. Band R students will be permitted reference and study access only.

Please note that SCONUL membership does not provide access to electronic resources such as databases and e-books, or to PCs and printing. Students from other institutions should be able to log-into Eduroam using their home credentials for wifi access on their own devices.

Corporate Membership

Corporate membership is available at 2 rates:

  • Larger companies - £75 per annum (entitles 3 named members to register and borrow.)
  • Smaller companies (with 10 employees or less) - £30 per annum (entitles a single named member to register and borrow.)

To join, please complete and return this form:

More Information

If you would like more information, please email us.