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How to request a new course or changes to a Canvas course enrolment

Any new Canvas courses or changes to the existing enrolment of students into a Canvas course must be submitted by downloading and completing this form.

What you need to do:

  1. Complete this form: Enter your name, course name, academic term and other relevant information.
  2. Be sure to specify if this is a NEW course, or a change to the students who will be enrolled in an EXISTING course.
  3. Tick the box beside all the student cohorts you wish to be enrolled on your course.
  4. Email completed form to

Learning Technology will contact you when your Canvas course is ready.

Please contact with any questions.

Download Link: Canvas Course Request.xlsx

Zine Open Call

Zinesters have always been proactive in finding new ways to distribute their work from handing them out at gigs, swapping them at zinefests or creating online zines that readers can print off and make a physical copy of for themselves. Since we are still in lockdown that is the strategy we are using. 

As this open call coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, we particularly welcome zines that focus on mental health in some form. But it can be on any topic you like.

We know your resources may be scarce, so here is a good video from Austin Kleon on how to make a zine made from a single sheet of A4 paper:

Create your zine and submit it to us as a PDF. When this is all over, we will print it and add to our excellent zine library. We will also feature a selection of submitted zines on our website. 

Send your submission with the subject line “Zine Open Call” to: 

Stay well and keep making. We look forward to seeing your creations!

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 Student Survey 2020: Help Us & Win

Our 2020 Library Services Student Survey is now live!

Your feedback helps us to plan and improve our services and facilities. If you would like to give us your GSA email address at the end of the survey you’ll to be entered into our prize draw for your choice of either £100 Paint & Mortar vouchers or £100 National Book Tokens. We don’t connect this email address to your other answers so they remain anonymous and we delete all the email addresses as soon as the prize draw is complete.

Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design

Drop in and browse through the Phaidon Archive of Graphic Design. It is a collection of five hundred designs beginning with the advent of mechanical reproduction all the way through to the contemporary designs of today. In this extensive collection you will find everything from the Gutenberg Bible, Bauhaus, Andy Warhol, maps of the New York Subway to album covers and commissioned posters.

To view this amazing resource just speak to a member of staff at the front desk.

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.

Learning Technology Tea Breaks Semester 1 19/20

Glasgow School of Art Library are running Learning Technology Tea Breaks on a Thursday and Fridaythrough Semester 1 in the Library. They are short classes that focus on a specific topic each week. They happen on a Thursday evening at 5.30pm and a Friday afternoon at 3.30pm. All classes take place in the Quiet Study Space, upstairs in the Library.

Semester 1 Tea Breaks

17th/18th October – Using Microsoft Word for dissertations
24th/25th October – Referencing
31st/1st Oct/Nov – Library Essentials for PHD and Post Grad students
7th/8th November – Scanning
14th/15th November – Editing Images in Photoshop

28th/29th November – Creating a Photozine using InDesign
5th/6th December – Webtastic, a look at portfolio websites
12th/13th December – Repeat Patterns in Adobe Illustrator

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