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Covid-19 Closure

GSA Library closed to visitors on Monday 6 March 2020 as a precautionary measure following the Covid-19 outbreak. All teaching, studios and support services at Glasgow School of Art remain closed until further notice. GSA is posting regular updates on this fast-moving situation and students are advised to check this page regularly for updates across the institution. If you have any individual concerns or questions, you can contact the GSA Covid-19 email.

Contacting The Library

If you have any questions Library-related questions during our closure, please email us. Do not telephone, as your call may go unanswered.

Updates on our closure and services will be advertised via Twitter. We would encourage you to check this regularly for updates on Library services available to you.

Borrowing Books

The Library is currently inaccessible to visitors and staff, and you will not be able to borrow books during this period. To ensure you are not disadvantaged, we are prioritising the purchase of e-books during this period, whenever they are available commercially in the appropriate formats. If you require a particular text, email us with details and we will try to source an electronic copy. Where an e-version is not available, we may be able to organise for a print copy to be delivered to your home address, subject to affordability.

Returning Books & Overdues

Please do not attempt to return books to the Library at this time. Loan periods have been extended and any overdue fines accrued during this period will be waived.

Your Course Materials via Canvas

During this period of closure, Canvas remains in operation and can be used to access teaching materials, learning tools, and many of your key readings. If you experience problems accessing or using Canvas during this period, you can email Learning Technology staff.

Your Key Readings

Where your tutor or lecturer has submitted a reading list to the Library, a number of your key readings may be available online. Please log into Canvas, navigate to your reading list, and click on the links provided. We provide access to online key readings wherever these are available for us to purchase.

Your GSA Email

Important information regarding the GSA closure may be sent to your GSA email. Click here for instructions on how to access your GSA email off-campus. Communications will also be published on the GSA Student Intranet.

For Students with Additional Support Needs

If you have an additional support need, such as a physical disability, dyxlexia or autism, we can supply selected publications in alternative formats (including MP3) via the RNIB Bookshare service. We can also offer support for your research queries and for the proofing of footnotes and bibliographies. Please contact James Robertson in you feel you are eligible for these services.

Visiting Other Libraries

Some other academic libraries to which you have access may remain open during this period, though circumstances are likely to change daily in response to the fast-moving situation. It is also highly likely that other institutions will prioritise access for the own students during this time, and restrict access to students from other institutions such as GSA. It is also likely that many institutions will suspend their SCONUL Access provisions for external students. You are strongly advised to check the website of the library in question before you undertake your journey.

Accessing Online Resources

Although the Library’s physical collections are closed, you will still be able to access thousands of resources online, including e-journals and e-books. These resources will display in your results when you search the library catalogue – please make sure to leave the default search option ‘Search library catalogue and online resources’. If you are not sure how to search the catalogue effectively, short bite-sized orientation videos are available for you to watch. You can also browse a list of key online resources here.

When accessing any of our subscribed online resources off-campus, you will need to login with your GSA network credentials. If multiple logins are displayed, always choose the option for ‘Institutional Login’ (sometimes ‘UK Federation’ or ‘Shibboleth’), select Glasgow School of Art, and enter your GSA username and password.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, certain publishers have made their digital content freely accessible to higher education institutions. For a regularly-updated list of what is currently available to staff and students at Glasgow School of Art, click here. Please note that access is for a limited period only and is likely to be withdrawn once the coronavirus crisis has passed.

If you experience any difficulty accessing or using our online content, please email us.

Accessing Online Resources for Postgraduates

If you are a postgraduate student, you will also have access to online resources from University of Glasgow. To access these resources you will need to use your GUID, which can be obtained by emailing GSA Registry.

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. Postgraduate students can register to use the library’s online resources from home – please register online.


Our Magazines-on-the-Go service provides around 50 digital magazines across art, design and architecture, all through an easy-to-use app. Please follow the instructions here.

Streaming Film & Video

Planet eStream is our online streaming platform and provides access to over 2 million TV and radio broadcasts. We have over 1000 items already in our collection and are adding more all the time. If you would like to request us to add something to Planet eStream you can use the Planet eStream Connect. Once you have found the required item, click on the ‘Import to Planet eStream’ box. You will then be asked to select a Category for the item – look at the list of Categories and select one or more that best describes the item and then click the ‘Create’ box. It will be imported into our collection. This should not take longer than 48 hours.

Learn a New Skill

All members of the GSA community have access to LinkedIn Learning, an online library of high quality and engaging video tutorials that help you learn new skills in software, creativity, business, marketing and project management. Follow our instructions to access this resource.

Sources of Information on Covid-19

When reading about Covid-19 online, it is important to rely on quality, authoritative information. For the latest public information visit NHS Inform. The latest information on the situation in Scotland is being published by the Scottish Government. In addition, a number of academic publishers are making their public health and science titles available for free online during this period. Browse the links below.

Zine workshop

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This zine workshop is part of an ongoing research project to look at what we can do to disrupt the structures of power in the library, including promoting underrepresented and marginalised voices, confronting whiteness, understanding microaggressions, and identifying barriers to engagement with the library.

The workshop aims to encourage students to think critically about the collections, the spaces and services and is intended to start a discussion that helps us begin to unravel institutional bias.

The workshop runs from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Tuesday 26th November in the Library’s quiet study space. Spaces are limited, so please email for more info or to book a space.

We Think You’ll Find This Moving

We’ve digitised our collection of movable and pop-up books. Movable books include various formats such as concertina, lift-the-flap, pull-tabs and revolving pictures. Our collection is varied and includes pop-ups of children’s fairy tales, human anatomy, three dimensional Norman Rockwell paintings, and the expanding little town of Popville. You can view images of the collection here

Browse Our Bookplates

Bookplate of Thomas Davies

We’ve digitised over 230 bookplates from our special collections, which you can discover here.

Bookplates are small printed labels pasted into a book, often on the front endpaper, to indicate ownership. Bookplates are often referred to as ‘ex libris’ which means ‘from the books of…’

Our collection includes several armorial plates, featuring the heraldic emblems and mottoes of landed families or estates. Others are designed by artists for their own libraries, or those of their friends and colleagues. Our collection encompasses a wide range of aesthetic styles, from classical to Art Nouveau.

In the early years of GSA Library, many of our books were donated by eminent people, visiting dignitaries, or people associated with the School. Today we can use their bookplates, with documentary records in our Archives, to trace the journey of these books have taken to reach us.

In the past, our students would design GSA Library’s bookplates through open competitions. To date, we have only been able to name one of these students, Elizabeth Jamieson, who designed a plate for us in January 1945. She received £5.5.0 for her design.

Browse our gallery these miniature works of art here.

Alternative Reading Lists

Glasgow School of Art Library is committed to supporting both institutional and student-led initiatives to diversify the curriculum. To this end, we now link to both internally- and externally-compiled lists of alternative readings, that aim to introduce us all to a broader range of cultural perspectives.

Click here to browse alternative readings lists.

Image courtesy Alessandro Milliucci Some rights reserved

Race & Rights Reading Group

Race, Rights and Sovereignty, in partnership with the GSA Library, presents a series of three reading groups uncovering and examining a number of books in GSA’s historical collections (mainly dating from the 19th century) that are written from paradigms that we would be critical of today, many with a colonial outlook. In these reading and discussion groups, we will explore and interrogate these selected texts collectively in order to deconstruct and consider how we can engage with these texts today, and where they are situated within contemporary libraries and archive holdings.

In the first reading group, we will examine the role of image representation in colonial texts and its impact on imaging in contemporary society.

Thurs 9th May 2019, 17.30-19.30, Quiet Study Space, Library Level 2

Click for further details.

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