James Herriot Library

The James Herriot Library serves the School of Veterinary Medicine, and is situated on the second floor of the Mary Stewart Building in the University's Garscube campus. It is named after one of the most famous alumni of our predecessor Glasgow Veterinary College, the noted vet and author Mr James Alfred Wight, who published best-selling books such as "All creatures great and small" under the name James Herriot.

James Herriot Library, Mary Stewart Building University of Glasgow Vet School Bearsden G61 1QH

Membership and borrowing


The James Herriot Library is open to all members of University staff and students. Visitors are welcome to consult material. Visitors should email or telephone in advance to arrange a convenient time.

Searching for books and journals

Use the search on the Library home page to find books and journals. You can access this online from anywhere - home or campus.

If the item you need is on loan, you can recall it. Click on the 'Request It' and follow the instructions.

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 the books you would like, and your card, to the self-issue machine and follow the on-screen instructions. You will be offered a printed or email receipt with details of return date. 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 JHL Desk, where a member of staff will assist you.

You can renew the loan period for items up to 5 times unless another reader needs them. This can be done online from Log into your Library Account if they are not overdue. Renewals may also be made in person or by telephone (0141-330-5708). Books can be renewed at the James Herriot or University Library. If a book has been recalled by another user, you will be contacted via your student email address and asked to return it by a specific date. The Short Loan Collection has different loan periods.


Books may be returned either directly to the James Herriot Library or via the University Library, except for short loan items which must be returned to the James Herriot Library only. A book drop box is located beside the enquiry desk for returns. A fine is charged on late returns. More information on fines can be found on our Fines and Charges page.


James Herriot Short Loan Collection

Multiple copies of books on course lists are kept on the shelves to the right of the enquiry desk and are generally one week loan with renewal option.

Reference Material

A collection of reference works, including directories, foreign language dictionaries and atlases is located in the reference area.

PCs, copying and printing


There are 10 PCs in the JHL. Printing is available using the MFD, and there is a “Quicksearch” machine for easy access to the Library catalogue.


You can now scan, print and photocopy using the Multi-Functional Device (or MFD) in the James Herriot Library.

This is done by simply swiping a student or staff card over the ‘Pull Print’ logo on the printers, then selecting either Print, Scan or Copy. A photocopy, or a print of a scan, will cost the same as normal printing and credit will be taken from your print credit balance.

Print Credits

You can buy credits at the JHL enquiry desk, or online using a credit/debit card through your MyPrinting print credit account - see the IT Services advice on ePayment for printing on CSCE cluster machines.

James Herriot Library Study Space


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