Services and Facilities

External Members

Find out how you can access our resources as an external member

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

What are the benefits of external membership?

External members can borrow 5 books at any time and also place holds on materials that are on loan via the Library Catalogue.

Is there anything I cannot borrow?

Journals are reference only. There are also other items on the shelves that are reference only. These will be indicated by a label on the item. 'Reference only' means that the item cannot be borrowed, and is only for use within the library.

What about electronic resources and databases?

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

What are the different types of external membership?

Note: Please note that applications can only be processed Monday-Friday between 9am - 5pm. If you wish to borrow items on your first visit to the library, please send your completed application form and copies of all supporting documents to in advance.

Personal Membership

  • 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 graduates, RGU evening/weekend class students, Sconul Access members, NHS 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:

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:

How can I find out more about external membership?

If you would like more information, please call 01224 263450 or email