Library Regulations

The basics

  • You should treat all Library users and university staff with respect, whether in person, on the telephone, via email or on social networks and can expect the same treatment in return
  • Students and staff should use their university ID card to access the Library. All other members should use their library card
  • It is your responsibility to have your card with you at all times. You will not be able to access the Library without it
  • You should never give your student/staff/library card to anyone else to use.  If you do you may have your access to the Library restricted
  • You should provide your card when a member of university staff asks for it
  • You are responsible for ensuring your contact details are up to date. You should supply an email address and a term-time and home address
  • You may only have one active Library account at any time
  • You should comply with copyright law when you use any of the Library’s resources, both print and electronic

Using the building

  • You should respect other Library users and observe the rules for each area of the Library
  • You should treat Library resources and facilities with respect.  You are responsible for any damage to Library property and if you damage anything you will be charged for the cost of replacement/repair
  • You should help keep the Library clean and tidy by disposing of rubbish responsibly
  • You should contact Library Services if you wish to put up posters or distribute flyers in the library
  • Do not reserve study spaces or PCs for yourself or for your friends.  Your belongings may be removed if you do
  • Unattended items may be removed by Library staff.  The Library is not responsible for any lost or stolen belongings
  • Announcements will be made 15 minutes before the Library closes. You should leave the Library promptly at closing time


  • You must issue books using the self-service machines before taking them out of the Library
  • All Library items are issued subject to recall.  We will notify you of the new earlier return date if an item is recalled. You must return any recalled items by the new date
  • You can renew items up to a maximum of 5 times, provided they have not been recalled by another user
  • If you return Library items late you may be fined. More information about fines. Please note that as soon as an item becomes overdue, your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the item is returned or renewed
  • If you borrow an item through the inter-library loan scheme you should abide by the rules of the original lending library.
  • Some users may be charged for inter-library loans.  Any user wishing to renew an item borrowed through inter-library loan will be charged a renewal fee. More information on inter-library loans.
  • Library stock is security-protected.  If the alarm sounds as you leave the building or the Short Loan area, security staff may ask to check your bags.
  • You are responsible for all items borrowed on your Library account and will be charged for any items not returned or damaged.
  • Library stock may not be taken out of the UK.
  • Borrowing permissions.
  • If you have fines or loans outstanding at the end of the year you will not be able to graduate.

 Electronic resources and IT

  • Access to electronic resources is by email and password, which is available to registered students and staff of the university
  • You should never share your GUID and password or any other password with anyone else.
  • The PCs in the Library are primarily for study.  Be considerate of other users at busy times of year.


  • Registered staff and students of the University of Glasgow have Library membership.
  • Staff and postgraduate students from other UK universities may be able to join the Library through the SCONUL Access scheme.
  • Graduates of the University of Glasgow or of other UK universities may join the Library for a fee. Corporate membership is also available. More information.
  • Any other people interested in membership should contact Suzanne Hartley, Library Services Manager at