Accessing Other Libraries for Undergraduates

The access you will enjoy to the facilities and collections of other libraries will depend on your programme and level of study. This page outlines the access enjoyed by undergraduate students at GSA.

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

  • Students on undergraduate GSA programmes do not enjoy borrowing rights at University of Glasgow Library, nor access to its digital collections or computing facilities. The only exception to this rule is GSA/GU joint courses, where students are fully matriculated at both institutions.
  • These arrangements are administered via the joint GSA/GU Memorandum of Understanding, which guides relations between the two institutions. GSA Library does not have any power to change or alter these arrangements, or compel the University of Glasgow to do so.
  • Under normal circumstances, you will enjoy reference access to Glasgow University Library, allowing you to read from (but not borrow) its books.
  • You do not need to apply for a Visitor’s Day Pass to enjoy reference access. You must however, present a valid matriculation card when you arrive in the library. You will be refused entry if you do not present a matriculation card.
  • Visitor printing and photocopying facilities are available on level 3 of Glasgow University library.
  • Wi-fi is available via the Eduroam network. Information on how to log into Eduroam can be found here.
  • Please note that GU Library will restrict access to GU students only during busy periods, particularly in the lead-up to exams. You will be refused entry during these periods of restricted access. These periods will be advertised on the library’s website – it is your responsibility to check the website before you 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.