• Welcome to the Library

    There is a staffed Library on each of the 4 campuses at Ayr, Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley, which offer study and printing/ copying/ scanning facilities and stock print/physical items to support the University's subject portfolio.  This is supplemented by the online collections giving access to electronic books, journal articles and conference papers.

    On this page you will find our opening hours, information for new and distance learning students, our twitter feed and a menu on the left giving links to our electronic resources and other services.

  • Summer works at Paisley

     Over the summer there have been major improvements carried out in the Paisley Campus Library, Level 3 North including better networking provision, lighting and decoration as well as refurbished toilets. The building works are almost finished so the Health Nursing and Midwifery stock and heavily-used sections of the engineering and science stock remain in an adjacent part of the library, with access unaffected.  Please bear with us as we gradually relocate the stock and ready the area for users.  This was a much larger project than was originally planned for, but we now have a great environment for learners.

    If you have any questions about this please email or speak to any of the library staff at Paisley campus.

  • Library Opening Hours

    The four campus libraries are open all year but the hours vary to reflect demand.

    The current opening hours, valid until Sunday 14th December, are:

    • Ayr: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 8.50pm; Friday 8.30am - 4.50pm; Saturday 9.00am - 4.50pm
    • Dumfries: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 7.00pm; Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
    • Hamilton: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 9.00pm; Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm; Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
    • Paisley: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 8.50pm; Friday 8.30am - 4.50pm; Saturday 9.00am - 4.50pm
    • Learning Centre (Paisley): Monday - Thursday 9.00am - 8.50pm; Friday - Sunday 9.00am - 4.50pm

    For opening hours at other times of the year, please see our table.  Note: all dates/ times are provisional and may change.

  • Award Winning

    Design Award logo whiteAyr Campus Library recently won a prestigious SCONUL Library Design Award. The SCONUL awards recognise the best in the design of higher education libraries. More on this story... 

  • EBSCO Discovery Service

    Ebsco discovery_OriginalUWS Library is currently trialling the EBSCO Discovery Service. This tool allows you to combine your searching for journal articles from our online databases and books from our catalogue. The Discovery Service provides a one-stop searching shop! Try using the tool, and let us know what you think, including any suggestions you may have. Email us at, putting EBSCO Discovery Service in the subject line.

  • Inderscience Publishers

    inderscience-logoUWS Library is currently trialling Inderscience. Inderscience consists of almost 400 high-quality peer-reviewed international research journals, which covers a wide-range of subjects, including science, engineering and technology; management, public and business administration; environment, ecological economics and sustainable development; computing, ICT and internet/web services, and related areas.  Access is available on-campus and via VPN (Virtual Private Network). The trial lasts until August this year and we would be grateful of any feedback.  Either email us at, or contact your Subject Librarian.

  • New Students


    The menu on the left gives access to our services, contact details and links to our resources: 

    • Services Find out types of membership, the number of items you can borrow etc. 
    • Library Catalogue  lets you search for the items we stock in the four campus libraries, tells you where they are and whether they are immediately available - use the request service, if not - and gives links to our electronic books.
    • Electronic Resources - click here to find links to our online collections.  Choose your subject, select a database and do a search for your topic.  For advice on doing this effectively ...

    Advice is also available from the Subject Librarians who often take part in your classes to give you tips on effectively finding, evaluating and presenting information gleaned from the material published in your subject area.  You can also ask for advice by email or in small groups.

    First Steps

    • Your student ID is also your library card/ number.  
    • Please activate your library account - contact the Service Desk - to get the most out of the Library Catalogue.  That way you can make requests and renew your loans when it suits you.
    • Learn your network password so you can access our electronic resources - search for books and articles online.
    • You are allocated £10 worth of print credit per year for use on campus.
    • Books and other loans can be renewed in person, over the phone at your local campus, or online.

    Library on Moodle

    Moodle is the UWS Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where your lecturers will put your modules and course materials. The Library also has a module containing additional support materials. Log on to Moodle with your student ID and network password - probably is your date of birth in DDMMYY format.
  • Distance Learners

    Electronic Access

    We have hundreds of electronic books and access to thousands of journal articles on many different subjects which will help you with your studies wherever you are.  


    • Use the Library Catalogue link on the left to search for e-books - select the "More Searches" drop-down menu and choose "Advanced Search".  You can enter your search terms then change "Material Type" to "E-Book" to limit your results to e-books.
    • For journal articles, see our Electronic Resources pages for links to the databases which index the journal articles published on your subject or select the Find an Electronic Journal option, if you already have a reference.


    You will need your student ID and network password - probably your date of birth in DDMMYY format - to login to the electronic resources.

    Please contact your Subject Librarian to help you make the most of the resources.

    Access in Person

    In addition to the electronic resources and support, there are other ways we can try to help you access either our library or an alternative library nearer your own home.

    • Register as a "distance user". If you live in the UK, but are too far from any of our campus libraries to visit them, you can register as a distance user with the library. When you first enroll at UWS, contact Sheila MacPherson (tel. 0141-848-3753) to see whether or not you qualify. This will enable books and articles available on the Library Catalogue to be sent to you. This does not apply to books and articles that we have available electronically and you will be required to cover the postage for sending the book back
    • Become a member of the SCONUL scheme. This allows library users working or studying at participating higher education libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland to use the libraries of other participating organisations. This means you have the chance to access other University libraries nearer to your home or place of work.
    • If you work in the NHS, make use of your local, or placement, hospital library and, as well as making use of UWS electronic library, join the NHS's eLibrary (Knowledge Network in Scotland, NHS Evidence in England).
    • Use your local public library and reference libraries.

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