James Ireland Memorial Library

The James Ireland Memorial Library serves the University of Glasgow’s Dental School. It is named in tribute to James Ireland, Professor of Conservative Dentistry and later Dean of Dental Education, who was instrumental in transforming the existing Students Memorial Library into a modern and comprehensive resource.

The James Ireland Memorial Library is currently open to University of Glasgow BDS Undergraduate and Postgraduate students, and staff.

Access for other user groups can be arranged, please contact us in advance of your intended visit.

How to search, borrow and return items


Use Library search to find books and journals.

If the item you need is on loan, you can recall it, choose Request it.

Our electronic and print journals are listed separately so you may get two hits in the results list for the same title. Please note that we don't always have the same coverage in print/electronic and some journals are only available in one format.


Take your books and card, to the self-issue machine and follow the on-screen instructions. During staffed hours you can also take items to the enquiry desk.

Standard loan books can be borrowed for up to 4 weeks (12 weeks for staff and postgraduates). Alternatively, please take the items to be borrowed to the JIML Desk, where a member of staff will assist you.

You can renew items up to 5 times from your Library Account unless another reader needs them or they are overdue. Renewals may also be made in person or by phone (0141-211-9705). If a book has been recalled by another user, you will be contacted via your student email address and asked to return it.

The Short Loan Collection has different loan periods.


Books may be returned either directly to the JIML or via the University Library, except for short loan items which must be returned to the JIML only. 

A book drop box is located beside the JIML entrance.


  • Registered Dental students have automatic membership of the University Library and James Ireland Memorial Library
  • Glasgow Dental Hospital staff and staff of the Oral & Maxillofacial Dept. of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital should apply for library cards from the Library Desk at JIML. These may take up to 2 weeks to process. Others should apply at Library Services, Level 3, University Library (Hillhead Street). NHS staff are also entitled to use the library services of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • University of Glasgow Library members who are not based in the Dental School are welcome to request materials – please email us for assistance

Short loan, reference material, theses and historical collections

Short Loan Collection

Heavily used textbooks on reading lists are available for the following loan periods:

  • 4-hour: for use in the library and overnight from 16:00-10:00 Mon-Thurs, and over the weekend from 13:00 Fri - 10:00 Mon
  • 24-hour: Overnight from any time until the same time the following day, and over the weekend from Thursday after 17:00 - 10:00 Mon. 24-hour loan copies of recommended dental books are also available in the University Library's Short Loan Collection, Level 3
  • 1-week: If 2 or more people place holds on these the loan period reduces to 3 days
  • 4-week: If 2 or more people place holds on these the loan period reduces to 1 week

Reference material

A collection of reference works, including medical and dental dictionaries, is located next to the Short Loan collection.

Theses and Historical

Theses and the Historical Collection are kept in locked cabinets and must be retrieved by library staff. Theses are for consultation only in the library.