Library and eLearning

  • The University’s Repository of Knowledge

    We provide access to the information that you’ll need to develop your knowledge of your chosen subject. We can advise you about where to find the most reliable sources of information, and we provide our services at your campus and on the web to ensure that the information that you need is available where and when you need it.

    Our team is dedicated to helping you find the knowledge that you require to support your learning throughout your studies, whether you’re a part-time or full-time, undergraduate or postgraduate UWS student.

    We have over half a million items on the shelves at our four libraries, and registered Library users have access to them all. Our collection includes textbooks, journals, DVDs, maps, law reports, novels and theses, to name just a few examples, and you may request items from any campus to be sent to the campus of your choice for you to collect.

    The Library has arranged access to thousands of electronic journals and books for you, and we create guides and other such support material in electronic format too.

  • UWS Libraries

    • Ayr Campus
      The collection in the Library at Ayr is largely comprised of books, journals and DVDs, and reflects the subjects taught on campus, which include the creative industries, childhood studies, primary education, secondary education, nursing, computing, business and management. 

      The Library is centrally located on campus, so it is the ideal place for you to discuss your coursework with friends in our group study areas. There are PCs and laptops to help you produce your essays, and there's a printer/photocopier/scanner on every level. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building, giving more flexibility for accessing the internet using your own device.
    • Dumfries Campus
      The Crichton Library is situated in the Dumfries and Galloway College Building at the Dumfries Campus.

      The Library is managed by UWS and provides library services to all students and staff of the 3 partner institutions: University of Glasgow, Dumfries & Galloway College, and UWS. The Library is the ‘hub’ of the building, and supports UWS courses in Dumfries in business, computing, nursing, childhood studies and social work.

      The Library has 3 distinct zones offering a choice of study environment, and there are several PC clusters so that you can access University-wide Library and online resources.  The Crichton Library also benefits from self-issue machines, so no need to wait in a queue at the Service Desk. 
    • Hamilton Campus
      The Hamilton Campus Library is in the Almada Building and supports study in business, law, accounting, computing, engineering, science, sport, nursing, midwifery, social sciences and journalism. The collection includes a broad selection of law reports and excellent literature and history sections.

      The Library PC lab includes space for laptop users, and there are a number of PCs fitted with accessibility software. The Library has photocopiers, a printer, over 150 study spaces, and a dedicated quiet study room, and it is also Wi-Fi enabled. 
    • Paisley Campus
      The Robertson Trust Library & Learning Resource Centre is located on the edge of the campus, close to Paisley town centre. Over its three floors, the Library supports courses in business, computing, social sciences, engineering, science, languages, sport, health, nursing and midwifery, and is home to UWS Library’s Special Collections Department.

      Library users can take advantage of around 1,000 quiet and group study spaces, including the vibrant Learning Centre and café on the ground floor. There are several networked PC clusters throughout the building, totaling around 60 computers, all with access to printers.

      The Library is also Wi-Fi enabled.