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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.

Are You Neurodiverse? Help Us Make GSA Library a Supporting and Welcoming Environment

Are you part of GSA’s neurodiverse community?

Are you a person with Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Meares-Irlen Syndrome, OCD, Depression, or any other cognitive difference? Help us to make your GSA Library a more supportive and welcoming environment for you.

Whether you have been officially diagnosed, self-diagnosed, or just feel that you associate with particular traits, then we invite you to an informal and inclusive focus group.

Join us in the Quiet Study Space on Level 2 of the Library on 22 May 2019 at 1pm.

You do not need to disclose any diagnosis to attend, and there will be no pressure on anyone to speak unless you are comfortable doing so. Download further information here.

Help us make GSA Library a supportive and welcoming environment for the neurodiverse. If you would like to attend, please email James Robertson at j.robertson@gsa.ac.uk. Lunch will be provided, so do let us know if you have any particular dietary requirements.

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.

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Now Available! Video Streaming

Welcome to the new video streaming service from the GSA Library – Planet eStream- www.gsa.planetestream.com

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 library@gsa.ac.uk

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!