Accessing Other Libraries

*** IMPORTANT ACCESS CHANGES TO GU LIBRARY – PLEASE CLICK HERE ***

Glasgow University Library for Undergraduates

Full-time GSA undergraduates can normally access material and study spaces in the Library of Glasgow University on a reference-only basis. You will need to take your GSA matriculation card with you to show at the entrance gates.

Please note that you will not be able to borrow from Glasgow University library, nor access its computing facilities or online resources. Access to non-GU students may also be restricted during busy periods or in the lead-up to exams.

Please refer to the Library’s website for opening hours, location and information before your visit.

Undergraduates on programmes delivered jointly between GSA and Glasgow University have full access and borrowing rights to both libraries by default.

Glasgow University Library for Postgraduates

Registered GSA postgraduates, both taught and research, are entitled to access Glasgow University Library’s print and digital resources. A full list of eligible programmes is provided on the University of Glasgow Registry pages.

Once arranged, your Glasgow University student card will provide the following benefits:

To gain access to these resources, please follow the instructions in our infographic. Please refer to the Library’s website for opening hours, location and information before your visit.

Postgraduates on programmes delivered jointly between GSA and Glasgow University have full access and borrowing rights to both libraries by default.

Glasgow University Library for Staff

All GSA staff are entitled to access Glasgow University Library’s print and digital resources. To gain access to these resources, please complete the first page of the ‘Honorary and Associate Status Registration Form‘ available on the VLE, and return to GSA Human Resources.

After around two weeks, you should receive information directly from the University of Glasgow detailing how to activate your Glasgow University Library account. One you have activated your account, you can amend your details, check your status and access services through the GU MyGlasgow Staff portal.

SCONUL Access

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme that enables members of participating institutions to borrow a limited number of books from most other UK HE libraries, free-of-charge. The scheme is available to postgraduates, part-time undergraduates and staff only.

To join the SCONUL Access scheme, please complete the online form. You will receive a confirmation email from GSA Library within a few days, confirming your eligibility. You should then take this confirmation email with your GSA matriculation card to the external library you wish to join.

Please note that in most cases membership will not provide access to online resources or computing facilities. There may be other restrictions in place, and you should check the library’s website before your visit.

BFI Mediatheque

The BFI Mediatheque in Glasgow’s Bridgeton has a specially commissioned collection of Scottish film and television drawn from the collections of the BFI National Archive and spanning more than a century of Scottish life and culture. Please refer to the Library’s website for opening hours, location and information before your visit.

Glasgow Public Libraries

Anyone living or working within the City of Glasgow is entitled to join Glasgow Public Libraries for free. Membership will allow you to borrow books from your local public library, and also to access a growing number of online resources and magazines. Simply apply online.

Kelvin Hall

At Kelvin Hall in Glasgow’s West End you can view archive films and videos from over 100 years of Scottish history, all drawn from the collections of the National Library of Scotland. Please refer to the Library’s website for opening hours, location and information before your visit.

Mitchell Library

The Mitchell Library is one of Europe’s largest central reference libraries, and is just a short walk from Glasgow School of Art. As well as many reference and research collections, it houses periodicals, newspapers and maps. It also houses a large computing suite.

Please refer to the Library’s website for opening hours, location and information before your visit.

Glasgow Women’s Library

GWL is dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending libraryarchive collections and an innovative programme of public events & learning opportunities.

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is the world’s leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. It is a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance, and is based in Edinburgh.

To use the library’s online resources from home, please register online. You will also need to register online before you can visit the library’s collections in person. Please refer to the Library’s website for opening hours, location and information before your visit.

Please remember that the National Library is not a lending library, and you are strongly recommended to pre-order the items you require before your visit. Undergraduate students may consult unique material not available elsewhere, but for more general needs you will be expected to use your own institutional library.

Discovering Resources in Other Libraries

You can discover the books and journals that are held by most of the UK’s larger higher education and research libraries online through a single search:

Inter-Library Loan Service

Our Inter-Library Loan service can provide access to materials held in other libraries that are inaccessible to you.

Wi-Fi in Other Institutions

GSA staff and students can gain access to the wi-fi networks of any participating Eduroam institution. See here for further information.