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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.

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.

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