Articles, e-journals, e-books and databases

The best way to access e-resources, such as articles, e-journals, e-books and databases, is to use the Library website. The website gives comprehensive coverage of material which the Library subscribes to. If you go directly through Google you may not get access. Google doesn’t index everything!

The majority of e-resources are available both on and off campus and can be accessed using your GUID. In a small number of cases the resource you are trying to access may require a specific username and password. Please contact if this is the case.

Glasgow Unique Identifier (GUID)

Whether you are on or off campus you are likely be taken directly to a login box where you should enter your GUID and password. In some cases additional steps may be required. You may have to scan the web page to find the correct log in box. This may be referred to by any of the following terms:

  • Institutional login
  • Shibboleth
  • Remote Organization
  • Remote users
  • Log in via your Home Institution
  • UK Access Management Federation
  • UK Federation

If required, select the UK Federation and then the University of Glasgow as your location. You will then be taken to our local GUID login page.

Member and Visitor access

If you are not a University of Glasgow student or member of staff you may be able to access some of our electronic resources via the Walk-In PC. For details contact


If you are studying on an NHS site, you may wish to consider applying for an NHS Athens account while you are in the NHS hospital or library. This will give you access to the electronic resources the NHS subscribes to. These may be complementary to the resources to which the Library subscribes.

Please note, if you are experiencing problems accessing a University of Glasgow resource from an NHS pc, we cannot provide IT support for this - please contact your local NHS IT Support.

Using e-books

The Library has access to tens of thousands of eBooks, including contemporary collections from Cambridge and Oxford University Presses and Springer and historical collections such as Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections (ECCO) online.

To find and access eBooks that the Library subscribes to, use the QuickSearch box below. Simply, type in the title of the book or search by keyword. Once the list of results come back, you can limit the results to eBooks only by clicking on the eBook option under the Format menu on the left of the screen.

Use QuickSearch to find eBooks:

eBooks are subject to copyright and Digital Rights Management (DRM). DRM controls what you can do with an eBook in terms of printing, downloading and copying and pasting. For example, eBooks are subject to the same copyright restrictions as print books so you can normally only print 5% of the total pages, from a book or download a chapter or section. DRM is established by the various eBook providers and restrictions on printing/downloading are not imposed by the Library. Some publishers like government and international organizations impose no restrictions whatsoever on accessing, downloading and printing.

When you click on an eBook link from the Library website you will be taken to the website of the eBook provider. Each eBook provider has its own website so they all look and work differently. If you’re struggling to use the eBook check out the on screen help guides.

Here is some advice for making the most of eBooks. Remember, the whole eBook can be read online.

  1. Most eBooks allow you to highlight text and make notes which can be saved and viewed the next time you access the title.
  2. Many eBooks require that you have a recent version of Adobe Reader installed, this can be downloaded from the Adobe site.
  3. If you have an iPad/iPhone, you can read most eBooks the Library provides.
  4. The Library has many eBooks but not all of these can be downloaded onto an eReader (e.g. Kindle or Sony). You can try to get content onto your Kindle or other eReader device by downloading the PDF onto your local PC and then to transfer the file to your device.

If you need more help or advice about using eBooks, contact

General usage guidelines

The Library negotiates licence agreements for its electronic resource subscriptions. We must adhere to the terms and conditions of those agreements. Resource providers monitor our use and can temporarily, or permanently, suspend access rights if licence terms have been violated.

We have outlined some general guidance on the use of our electronic resources:

 Generally AcceptableGenerally Not Acceptable 
Making limited print or electronic copies  Systematic or substantial printing, copying or downloading
Using for the purposes of research, teaching and private study Using for commercial purposes or re-publishing, re-distributing or altering content
Sharing with University of Glasgow faculty, staff and students Sharing with anyone other than University of Glasgow faculty, staff and students

Some resources permit use for course packs, electronic reserves and VLE's while others specifically prohibit such use. Contact for more specific guidance on these areas.

Copyright regulations apply to electronic resources. Removing or altering copyright notices is generally prohibited.