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.

View location on google maps - 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 University of Glasgow staff and students.

Searching for books and journals

Use Library search to find books and journals.

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


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


  • 10 PCs available
  • Printing is available using the MFD


You can now scan, print and photocopy using the Multi-Functional Device (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 online using your MyPrinting print credit account.