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New e-books

23417788293_bf3375f7fe_k.jpgWe have recently added over 650 new e-book titles to our catalogue. They cover a huge range of topics, from art, design and architecture to sociology and politics. We’ve compiled a small selection of these into thematic lists which you can view below.

Arabic Culture and Politics


Building Science


Contemporary Art


East and South-East Asia – Culture and Politics

Feminism and Gender Studies

Film and Moving Image

Music and Sound

Performance and Dance

Philosophy and Art Theory

Queer Theory

Race, Diasporic Studies and Decolonisation

Research Methods

Serious Games

Space and Place


Availability of FACS & DHT Dissertations

All A-graded FACS dissertations, extended essays, critical journals and curatorial rationales from 2018 are now available to students. You will find a complete list here of the available dissertations here. To consult any of these dissertations, please place a request at the Service Desk on Level 0 of the Library, where they will be fetched on each half-hour. Please note that dissertations cannot be taken out of the Library, but can be photocopied or photographed.

DHT dissertations from 2018 are not yet available as they remain in the Reid Building and cannot be accessed. We apologise for the inconvenience and will add these to stock as soon as access to the Reid Building returns. Meanwhile, you can access many DHT dissertations from 2017. Simple browse the list here. And remember that the Library holds hundreds of dissertations from FACS, DHT and their predecessors, going right back until 1985. You will find these appearing in the Library Catalogue is response to your searches.

Post-Fire Library Services for Semester 3

Following the recent Mackintosh Building fire, access to GSA Library and some other GSA buildings is not possible. Whilst we work to re-establish a full service, we have put in place a number of measures to ensure that you can continue to access the library materials you need for your studies.

How Can I Contact the Library

A Library Information Point is available on Level 3 of the Haldane Building at 30 Hill Street between 09.00-13.00 and 14.00-17.00 Monday-Friday. Here, Library staff will be available to advise you of the services available to you, and to answer any questions for may have. You can also contact us at and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible. Any important updates from the Library will be posted to Twitter.

How Can I Access Electronic Resources?

All the library’s electronic databases, journals and e-books continue to be available through our Library website. These resources can be accessed both on- and off-campus through your GSA username and password. Login instructions are available here, but if you experience any problems accessing our resources please email

You can also stream and download a number of magazines in art, design and architecture to your mobile device using our Magazines-on-the-Go service.

If you would like help identifying which resources to use, or would like to be shown how they work, visit us at the Library Information Point in the Haldane Building where a member of staff will be able to assist you. GSA electronic resources can be accessed by anyone studying at GSA, regardless of programme of study.

Postgraduate students can also access an extensive collection of online resources via Glasgow University Library. Comprehensive information on how to do this is available on our website.

How Can I Access Print Resources?

Unfortunately the print collections of GSA Library cannot be accessed at this time, and we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. To lessen this disturbance we have organised for you to have access to the collections of Glasgow University Library during this period.

Undergraduate students undertaking resits can access GU Library on a reference-only basis by simply presenting their GSA student card on arrival.

Postgraduate students are also entitled to borrow print books from GU Library. Comprehensive information on how to do this is available on our website. Please let us know at if you experience any problems accessing these collections and we will work to rectify this for you.

Postgraduate students can also join the SCONUL Access scheme, which will allow you to borrow a small number of books from academic libraries across the UK. This is useful if your primary base is outside of Glasgow. See our website for details of this scheme.

How Can I Request Books that Aren’t Available Locally?

An Inter-Library Loan service is available through the Library website. You can also continue to requests new books and materials for us to add to stock via our website.

How Can I Return Books I Have on Loan?

Please hold on to any books you currently have on loan. If you accrue any fines, these will be waived for you.

Students leaving Glasgow or GSA who need to return books to us can do so at the Library Information Point on the 3rd floor of the Haldane Building at 30 Hill Street. Students located at the Tontine Building can continue to return their books to the remote drop-off located in the janitors’ office.

How Can I Collect My Reserved Books or Purchase Suggestions?

If you have reserved books or made purchase suggestions, you will be able to collect these from the Library Information Point on Level 3 of the Haldane Building. Please wait until you receive an email from us informing you that your books are ready for collection.

How Can I Pay a Fine?

Any fines accrued as a result of the recent fire will be waived. Please contact the Library if you have been affected by this. Any other fines can be paid by accessing The GSA Quick Pay site.

Where Can I Access a Quiet Space for Study?

Study spaces are available at the following nearby locations:

How Can I Access My Course Materials and Documents?

Canvas is unaffected by the fire and you can continue to access your course materials and documents in the normal way. If you require help using Canvas, please contact us at

How Can I Access Computing and Wi-Fi Facilities?

GSA Library’s computing and printing facilities are currently unavailable. We will let you know as soon as services are re-established. In the meantime, for information and support on cross-GSA ICT facilities, please contact the Students’ IT Service Desk.

Undergraduates and postgraduates can continue to use your own devices across the GSA campus by logging into the GSA wifi network. To use your own devices at Glasgow University or other academic institutions, log into the Eduroam network using your GSA credentials.

Postgraduates can also access desktop PCs at Glasgow University Library with your GUID. See our infographic on how to access your GUID. Please note that only PCs are available, and these do not have Adobe suite. If your need to access a desktop PC is urgent and you are still waiting for your GUID, please show your GSA student card at the Welcome Desk at Glasgow University Library where you will be issued with a temporary login.

How Can I Access Printing Facilities?

GSA Library’s computing and printing facilities are currently unavailable. We will let you know as soon as services are re-established. In the meantime, for information and support on cross-GSA ICT facilities, please contact the Students’ IT Service Desk

If you have access to ICT facilities within your own GSA department or area, you can continue to use local printers and to top-up your print credit using the GSA web payments service.

If you are a postgraduate student you can also use Glasgow University Library’s printing facilities by logging into a PC with your GUID.


Even More Magazines-on-the-Go


Introducing 10 new additions to GSA Library’s Magazines-On-The-Go service.

If you haven’t used the service before, it is incredibly simple to use, and now provides a total of 30 art, design, architecture, and general interest magazines, all available to read on your phone, tablet or other mobile device.

All the magazines are highly visual, and are perfect for browsing in the studio, at home, or on-the-move.

With the current inaccessibility of GSA Library, we added a further 10 titles to this service. These are:

  • Aesthetica
  • Artforum
  • Collezioni Donna
  • Collezioni Uomo
  • Diva
  • Domus
  • Elephant
  • Elle Décor
  • Gay Times
  • .net
  • Vogue

To download the app, or for further information, see the Library website at

Art & Architecture Source Trial

We are currently trialing the database Art & Architecture Source. A&AS is an art research database that covers a broad range of subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. It features full-text articles, indexing and abstracts for an array of journals, books and more. Access A&AS on-campus here and if you like what you see, let us know!

Access Changes at GU Library

The University of Glasgow is currently replacing all student and staff ID cards across its campuses. If you are a student or staff member at Glasgow School of Art and use a GU card to access services, facilities and collections at the University, these changes will affect you. Please note that your GSA campus card will not be affected.

Please retain your existing GU card as you may still require the old-style cards for a few weeks whilst hardware is upgraded. Progress updates will be posted within each building, with completion scheduled for June 2017.

All questions and queries concerning the card migration should be sent to

If you are a student, you should:

  • Check that the University of Glasgow has your correct home and term-time addresses, as your new GU card will be sent to you in the post.
  • You can check your address via the MyCampus portal.
  • There are instructions on how to edit your address here.

If you are a member of staff, you should:

Check that the University of Glasgow has your correct work address, as your new GU card will be sent to you in the post. You can check your address via the GU HR portal.

  • Click ‘My Profile’ in the top right-hand corner of the Employee Dashboard
  • Choose ‘Contacts’ from the left-hand menu
  • Amend your address under ‘My Address Details’
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