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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

Now Available! Video Streaming

Welcome to the new video streaming service from the GSA Library – Planet eStream-

Sign in with your GSA Username and Password to access nearly 2,000 off-air recordings of films, documentaries and animation across a host of subjects, with new content being added all the time. Search for content by keyword or category. Any questions please email

As it’s the season of goodwill we have prepared a playlist of some classic festive viewing in case the TV (or Netflix) is rubbish…

We will be in touch in the new year with more information on what will surely prove to be a very popular resource, including how to add content, embed clips into Canvas, create playlists and request programmes.

In the meantime, have a great festive break!

Now Available! Bloomsbury Architecture Library

We have just added Bloomsbury Architecture Library to our portfolio of online resources, part of our commitment to increasing the number of high-quality electronic resources available across GSA.

Bloomsbury Architecture Library features a wide selection of works on architecture and related disciplines including urbanism, landscape, and interiors. It approaches the subject through architectural history and theory, connecting to contemporary design practice and the best current thinking about the issues that matter including: global perspectives, politics, sustainability, and the future of architectural design. The platform offers access to a carefully curated collection of fully-searchable text and image content, incorporating the new edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture, alongside peer-reviewed cutting edge academic research and a wealth of images.

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)



Now Available: Art & Architecture Source

We have just added Art & Architecture Source to our portfolio of online resources, part of our commitment to increasing the number of high-quality electronic resources available across GSA.

Art & Architecture Source is the largest full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

Now Available: Critical Collective

We have just added Critical Collective to our portfolio of online resources, part of our commitment to increasing the number of high-quality electronic resources available across GSA.

Critical Collective is an initiative by art curator and critic Gayatri Sinha. Since its inception in 2011, it has collaborated closely with institutions in India and abroad to create exhibitions and seminars on art. Its purview is from ancient Indian art to the present as it covers early, medieval, modern and contemporary practices in India. The project brings together more than 150 artists, over a hundred writers and curators from India and abroad, it also initiates special projects to investigate the depths of South Asian art history. The website aims to collate writing on South Asian scholarship and foster intertextual reading between disciplines. Each month over 30,000 words of archival and current writing by leading scholars, critics and art historians is added.

Now Available: DETAIL Inspiration

We have just added DETAIL Inspiration to our portfolio of online resources, part of our commitment to increasing the number of high-quality electronic resources available across GSA.

DETAIL inspiration is a new image and reference database that provides visual inspiration to architects and designers. With more than 3,000 projects from the last 30 years of DETAIL magazine, including photographs, sketches, and technical product information.

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