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.

The James Herriot Library is open to all University of Glasgow staff and students.

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 instructions. During staffed hours, you can take items to the enquiry desk.

Standard loan books can be borrowed for up to 4 weeks (12 weeks for staff and postgraduates). 

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 (0141-330-5708). If a book has been recalled by another user, you will be contacted via your student email address and asked to return it.


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.