Accessing Other Libraries for Staff

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID AND SAFE CAMPUS MEASURES, SOME OF THE ACADEMIC LIBRARIES TO WHICH YOU MIGHT NORMALLY HAVE ACCESS WILL BE CURRENTLY CLOSED TO VISITORS OR RESTRICTING ACCESS. TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK THE WEBSITES OF THE LIBRARIES IN QUESTION BEFORE YOUR VISIT.

University of Glasgow Library

  • 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’ and return to GSA Library
  • After around two weeks, you should receive information directly from the University of Glasgow detailing how to activate your Glasgow University Library account
  • Once you have activated your GUID, you can use it to access 1000s of digital resources from Glasgow University Library. These are in addition to the digital resources you enjoy at GSA Library.

SCONUL Access

  • SCONUL Access is a reciprocal scheme that enables members of participating institutions to borrow a limited number of books (usually 4 or 5) from most other UK HE libraries, free-of-charge.
  • In most cases membership will not provide access to digital resources or computing facilities.
  • Wi-fi is usually available via the Eduroam network. Information on how to log into Eduroam can be found here.
  • The scheme is available to postgraduates, part-time undergraduates and staff only.
  • To join the SCONUL Access scheme, please complete the online form. Do not use the scheme to get access to Glasgow University Library, as other reciprocal arrangements are in place and are explained in full elsewhere on this page.
  • 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.
  • Membership of the scheme does not guarantee access, and participating libraries reserve the right to restrict access, particularly during busy periods such as exam times. You should always check the relevant library’s website, or contact them, before your visit.

Interlibrary Loan Service

Our Interlibrary Loan service can provide access to materials held in other libraries that are otherwise inaccessible to you. For further information, read our FAQs.

Other Libraries

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

Glasgow Women’s Library is dedicated to women’s lives, histories and achievements, with a lending library, archive 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.