Language Resource Library

student in the libraryThe Language Resource Library supports language learning and teaching within the University. Its facilities are available free to all staff and matriculated students. We specialise in languages taught by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Celtic and English as a Foreign Language:


There is also material in over 30 other languages, ranging from Albanian to Xhosa. The Library is located on Level 1 of the Hetherington Building. See below for further information.

Language Resource Library

Opening Hours

Opening Hours

2019Monday - ThursdayFriday
16-20 September 09:00 - 16:45 09:00-16:45
23 September - 20 December 09:00-20:00 09:00-16:45


2020Monday - ThursdayFriday
6 - 10 January 09:00-16:45 09:00-16:45
13 January - 27 March 09:00-20:00 09:00-16:45
30 March - 17 April 09:00-16:45 09:00-16:45
20 April - 22 May          09:00-20:00 09:00-16:45
26 May - 18 September 9:00-16:45 9:00 - 16:45



The library will be closed on the following dates:

  • Christmas: 23 December - 3 January
  • Easter: 10 April and 13 April
  • May Day: 8 May
  • Spring Bank Holiday: 25 May
  • Glasgow Fair Monday: 20 July


Access to the library is free to:

  • all matriculated students
  • students taking language courses through Centre for Open Studies
  • University staff

Recent graduates of University of Glasgow (within the last 12 months) may join for £20.00 on production of their General Council membership.

Members of the following groups do not have library access and are welcome to join as external members:

  • General Council

External Membership Fees

12 months £45.00
renewal (12 months) £35.00
4 months £25.00

To apply for membership please: complete the Membership Form (see below) and bring it to the Library (alternatively, we can provide you with a form in the Library to complete). Payment may be made by cash, cheque or  by credit/debit card. Please bring proof of your current address e.g. bank statement, utility bill, lease agreement. Library cards are normally ready within two working days.



To borrow material from the Library:

  • Take it to the Library desk along with your student card, or
  • Use the self-issue machine near the Library door

Most Library items are issued for two weeks (14 days) and can be renewed up to 3 times (unless requested by another reader). 


You can reserve items that are currently on loan to another reader. We will email you when the item is ready for you to collect - just ask for details.


You can renew material from the Library:

  • In person, at the Language Resource Library or University Library using your student card. It is not necessary to bring the loan items with you.
  • At any computer terminal log-on to your Library Account and follow instructions
  • Mobile Quicksearch from your smartphone or tablet using: Select My Account and login with your name and barcode (see YouTube video
  • By email:, provide your name and details of the items to be renewed. You will receive an email confirming the renewal
  • By telephone: phone the Library (0141) 330 4117 and we will confirm renewal of your loans.  Please do not leave a message as we may not receive your call.
  • Contact the University Library on 0141 330 6704.  Staff services are available Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:55 and 13:00 - 16:55 at weekends during semester.


If the Language Resource Library desk is unattended you can return items:

  • In the return bin in the entrance of the Hetherington Building
  • To the University Library desk
  • University Library return bin

Do not leave items unattended on the Library counter please.


Items returned late will incur a charge. At present 5p per item per day, rising to 20p per day after 7 days. Shorts loans are charged at 50p per hour. Remember you can renew your Library loans to stop fines accumulating. Library fines can be paid at the desk in the Language Resource Library. A charge of £25.00 will be made if you write in or deface any books.


The library stocks a wide range of material to support language learning, including:

  • Courses - from beginner to advanced
  • Grammar books
  • Dictionaries
  • IELTS preparation material
  • Talking Books - graded reader + CD (Catalan, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian & Spanish)
  • Films and documentaries
  • Newspapers and magazines
Finding resources: All resources can be located via the University Library The library staff will be happy to help you.

Viewing Room

The Library Viewing Room offers the following facilities:

  • Overseas satellite channels
  • DVD & VHS players
  • PCs for language learning, CD-ROMs and e-workbooks (headphones are supplied at each screen)

It is not necessary to book any equipment in advance.

Screening Room

Comfortably seating 10 people our soundproof screening room can be booked for viewing films, discussion groups or meetings.  To book, e-mail or visit the SMLC Admin Hub.


The Library is a Wi-Fi hotspot and you are welcome to use your laptop. To connect:

Notes to Users

To allow all users to work, please:

  • switch off your mobile phones
  • if you want to talk, use the student common room on Level 1 of the Hetherington Building

To protect our material and electrical equipment (and yourselves!):

  • do not eat or drink (although bottled water is allowed)
  • do not write in any books: if you do you will be charged for a replacement; if you find writing in any item you have borrowed, show the librarian as soon as you borrow it.

Contact us


telephone: (0141) 330 4117


Language Resource Library
Hetherington Building
Bute Gardens
Glasgow G12 8RS

Library Staff

Fionna Black: Librarian
Guy Veale: Library Assistant