Covid-19 library updates

We will be re-opening Library Buildings and providing access to physical stock including books over the next two months in a phased way, closely observing Scottish Government and University of Glasgow guidance and principles. Health and safety will our top priority at every stage, and plans may change if guidance is updated.

This page will be kept up to date with the latest updates. You can also follow uofglibrary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

If you have any questions, please contact our Reach Out team through UofG Helpdesk.

Thanks for all your support and patience, we can't wait to welcome you back!


The main Library and branch libraries are currently closed

The main Library building and branch libraries, James Herriot (Vet), Chemistry and James Ireland (Dental) are all currently closed.

Library re-opening plans

From 24 August, we intend to re-open the Library to all UofG students and staff. Physical distancing arrangements and an enhanced cleaning regime will be in place.

Health and safety checks and risk assessments will be carried out at each stage and details may change subject to updated government guidance.

We are aiming to open the branch libraries in September, more information will be published here as it is made available.

Click and Collect service

What is Click and Collect?

This is a zero contact service limited to current UofG staff and students to request books that are currently on shelf in the main library.

You can request books from 10am on Wednesday 15 July, with collection available from Tuesday 21 July. Requests submitted by end of Monday 20 July will be processed as soon as possible by library staff from Tuesday 21 July.

You may request a maximum of 10 items.

Library staff will do their best to process requests within 3 working days.

When books are ready for collection, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to pick up.

You will collect your books from the main library entrance foyer Monday-Friday between 11am and 3pm only.

How do I place a request?

Use your preferred library search method – either via MyGlasgow and choosing the library account option, or via Library Search 

Eligible items will be listed with a status of ‘in library’ and a ‘Click and collect’ button will display. Select this.

If you haven’t come in via MyGlasgow, you’ll be prompted for your name and library barcode at this point.

An item selection form will display. Review this, and then click Request Selected item.

A Request Confirmation screen appears.

You can now continue searching and make further ‘click and collect’ selections to a maximum of 10 items. Please only request items that you would be able to come and pickup in the next few days.

You will receive an automated confirmation of your request from the Library via UofG Helpdesk.

Please note – you may request a maximum of 2 eligible items from our High Demand Collection. Library staff will assess each request and inform you if we are able to fulfil the loan request and the length of loan.


Once the books are ready for collection, you will receive an email with guidance on how to collect your books.

Books will be checked out to your library account – you will be advised of the due date in the confirmation email. You will also be given a note of your personal collection code.

Books will be placed inside a bag for you, with the personal collection code visible on top. Simply come along, locate your bag, pick it up and leave.

Books which are not collected within 2 working days of notification will be removed, checked in and returned to the shelf.

Please note, as this is a zero contact service, library staff will not be available.


The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. Please keep a two metre distance from others and take care not to touch other bags while looking for your collection code. A hand sanitising station will be available inside the library entrance for use before you move forward to pick up your bag.

Please also note that books returned to the library will have been quarantined for 72 hours before being made available for click and collect.

Returning books and fines

Book return bins will be available from 21 July.

All items are currently checked out until 30 September.

Postgraduate study space booking

Postgraduate students can now book time for individual silent study in the Postgraduate Study Space on Level 5 of the Library. The space will be available from Monday 3 August.

The rest of the Library remains closed, and there will be no access to any other area, including the book stacks.

Facilities available:

  • Individual desks
  • Toilets

There are male and female toilets and an accessible toilet in the Postgraduate Study Space, these are the only available toilets in the building. 

When You Arrive

Queue outside the Library until it is safe to enter. When you are at the front of the queue please report to the Welcome Desk. A member of the Library Security Team will check your booking and let you past the turnstiles.

Bring your student campus card with you, you will need it to access the Postgraduate Study Space.

Please keep a two metre distance from others at all times. We recommend that you wear a face covering when you arrive at the Library and when you leave.

When You Leave

Please leave promptly at the end of your booking, taking all your belongings with you. You should inform the Library Security Team at the Welcome Desk when you are leaving for the day.

How to Book

Use the Timetable & Roomfinder app to book some time in the Postgraduate Study Space.

You can use the app online or download from Google Play or the App Store

  • Select Desk Booking
  • Choose Library from the Select a Building dropdown list 
  • Choose Library:PG Study Space from the Select a Room dropdown list
  • Use the arrows to navigate and select a date.
  • Select any space from the Select a Desk dropdown list. Desks will not be numbered, you will choose any available desk when you arrive for your booking.
  • Tap the empty slots to make your booking. You must choose from the following slots, or book both to stay for the full day:

Morning Slot: 9:30-12:30
Afternoon Slot: 13:30-16:30

  • Make sure you select all time slots from the beginning to the end of your chosen slot
  • When you’re ready, press Book.
  • Press OK to confirm, then OK again to complete the booking.

If you have booked both slots you will be able to stay in the space between 12:30-13:30. Otherwise please leave promptly at the end of your booking.

To cancel a bookingtap on your booking and then tap OK to cancel it. 

Safety and Hygiene 

There will be hand sanitiser and cleaning wipes available for you to use. The space will be thoroughly cleaned overnight and vacant desks will be cleaned at lunchtime. 

For your safety and that of our Library staff, you will only have access to the Postgraduate Study Space. There will be no access permitted to any other part of the Library.


There are no PCs in the space, but there are charging points for your own devices at each desk.


You will not have access to the book stacks, and staff will not be available to retrieve books for you. If you need any books you should follow the Click and Collect process- please note, orders placed through Click and Collect will be processed in approximately three working days. You will be contacted by email when your books are ready.

Remember we have an extensive collection of e-books and online journals available in our catalogue.


Food and drink are permitted in the Postgraduate Study Space, but there is no water cooler in the space, the Library café is not open and there is no access to vending machines. The café in the Gilchrist is open Mon-Fri, 8:00-16:00.

Using the Library remotely

Whether or not the Library building is open, you can access Library e-resources remotely at any time. This includes an extensive catalogue of e-books and journals, searchable from the Library homepage.

You can also make a virtual appointment with your College Librarian, and contact the Reach Out team for help through UofG Helpdesk.

Find out more about the remote resources available at Glasgow Anywhere.