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Annual Student Survey: Help Us & Win

Please help us to make the Library, Learning Technology and Archives and Collections services at GSA extra good by filling in our annual survey which is out now at

The survey responses are massively influential not just in determining how we prioritise areas of service development in Learning Resources, but in forming part of the evidence based we use to obtain institutional support and, if necessary, funding to continue to make the adaptions and improvements students need.  We have 13 years of data and have used this in recent years to demonstrate the important of, for example, extending Library opening by 50%, replacing Blackboard with Canvas, and building a proper Reading List service.

Use the survey to tell us what you like about the services, what you want to see more of and what you would like to see changed.

The survey will be open until the 3rd February. There is a prize draw to encourage your participation and the winner chooses £100 of either book vouchers or Paint & Mortar vouchers.

Image: Cat’s Face by Gordon F Huntly. Image license CC BY-NC-SA

Studying over the winter break

Like all of the GSA, the Library will be closed 19th December to 2nd January (inclusive). We’ll be open until 5pm on Tuesday the 18th and reopen at 9am on Thursday the 3rd.

If you will be studying while the GSA is closed for the winter break you will want to know that …

  • all digital collections will remain accessible. Search for full text resources using the Discovery tool or browse specific collections such as Flipster for digital magazine and Planet eStream for video content. Don’t forget there are quick video tutorials to help you find and access online journals and eBooks
  • from the 1st December, any printed collections borrowed can be kept until the Library reopens in January. This does not apply to books in the short-loan reading list collection. Check your Library account to find out the exact return dates for your books and to renew them online.
  • if you need a place to study in Glasgow consider your local public library or the University of Glasgow Library. If you are going to be outside Glasgow and want to use the space in a university library near you, phone them and ask if they will accept your GSA matric card or instead need you to have signed up for the SCONUL Access Scheme. If you need to be registered through the SCONUL Access Scheme please apply before the 10th  As an UG you will be given reference only access. Information on all these options is on the Library website.
  • if you are a post-graduate student then, in additional to all of the above, you also have full access to the collections and computing facilities at the University of Glasgow. To gain access to these resources, please follow the instructions in our infographic. Please refer to the University of Glasgow Library’s website for opening hours, location and information before your visit. You can also apply for SCONUL Access with borrowing rights.

Image: Cats Christmas Card by Cordelia Oliver, GSA Archives and Collections (archive reference: DC/066)



Library Services Semester 1

We are delighted to announce the Library will open from 2pm – 6pm on Friday the 21st September. We will then be closed for the holiday weekend (22nd, 23rd and 24th September) and reopen at 8am on Tuesday 25th.  We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to enjoy our collections, student computing and study spaces which will be available as normal, with Library and Learning Technology staff on hand to help.

Getting to the Library will require some navigational nous as Renfrew Street, and the lower half of Scott Street remain closed. To get to our front door, walk or cycle to the corner of Hill Street and Scott Street then come down Scott Street.

The Library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday (a local holiday) and open again at 8am on the 25th September.

Over the summer we have been working hard to expand the range of digital collections and services. Visit the Library website to watch new orientation videos, get information on student computing, and explore the new online resources.

Library inductions for new students have been scheduled with programme leaders for the first two weeks of the semester. Open inductions will be running as well. Just come in and sign up for a session that suits you.

If you would like to return books or talk to a member of Library or Learning Technology staff before the the building reopens please come to our temporary Library information point on the mezzanine floor in the Haldane building. It will be open until the Library building reopens. Alternatively you can email anytime or phone 0141 353 4551 during opening hours.

(Image © via Flickr CC BY-SA via JISC Pathfinder Projects)

Christmas Opening Hours

The Library will be open at the following times during the GSA student winter break:

Friday 15th December 8am – 10pm
Saturday 16th December CLOSED
Sunday 17th December CLOSED
18th December 9am-5pm
19th December 9am-5pm
20th December 9am-12pm
21st December 9am-5pm
22nd December 9am-3pm
23rd December to 3rd January CLOSED
4th January 9am-5pm
5th January 9am- 5pm
Saturday 6th January CLOSED
Sunday 7th January CLOSED
8th January 8am-10pm


Help shape the future of learning resources services at the GSA (and you might win £100)

Help shape the future of learning resources services at the GSA by filling in our annual survey (and you might win £100)

Learning Resources is the Library, the Archives and Collections, and the Learning Technology team who look after Canvas and the computing in the Library among other things.

The annual Learning Resources Student Survey strongly influences what we keep doing and what we change.  If you like something about the service, please tell us. If you don’t like something, or have ideas for how something could be done better, definitely let us know.  Last year in the survey you told us how unsatisfied you were with Blackboard, the old VLE, and that was powerful stimulus for GSA investing resources in launching Canvas.

Everyone who helps us by submitting a response goes into the draw for £100 vouchers for either books or art supplies. The survey is open now until 18th December.


Image:”Lunch, Original Refectory” by Tom Gardner (GSA Archives and Collections reference GSA 42/43). Digital image licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA License

How To Spot Fake News

Your GSA librarians are here to help  you find and understand the information you need. The International Federation of Library Associations has produced this info graphic with eight simple steps to discover the verifiability of a given piece of news in front of you. With expert knowledge of where to find reliable information, librarians and their users can help ensure facts become facts – without a prefix.


(Text above is based on from a blog  by IFLA’s Karoline Liedtke which also contains lots of other good information on how librarians around the world are working to support information and media literacy in the face of “fake news” and “alternative facts”)

Learning Resources Student Survey

Fill in the survey, help shape the future of the services, and you might win £75.

Learning Resources is the Library, the Archives and Collections, and the Learning Technology team who look after the VLE, the computing in the Library, and the Twilight Classes among other things. The annual Learning Resources Student Survey strongly influences what we keep doing and what we change.  If you like something about the service, please tell us! If you don’t like something, or have ideas for how something could be done better, please tell us! The survey is open now until 19th December. Everyone who helps us by submitting a response goes into the draw for £75 vouchers for either books or art supplies. Survey: 

Make your voice heard.

Image: Painting by Tom Gardner “David Donaldson and the 2nd Year Class, Back Studio, GSA, 42”. Part of the GSA Archives and Collections. See more. Digital image used under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence.

Library Student Forum

Come to the Library Student Forum this Wednesday, 12:30 to 2pm in the Quiet Study Space. The GSA Library team want to work with you to make sure that the spaces, collections and services we provide are doing the best possible job of supporting student learning. So if you have feedback for us or ideas on how you would like to see things change please come along to the Library Student Forum this Wednesday (16th) 12:30 to 2pm in the Quiet Study Space on Level 2. There will be food!

Can’t come but want to tell us something? Email or talk to a member of staff next time you visit.

(Image by Silvio Kundt, used under a CC license via Pexels)