•  Library and eLearning services during the festive period

    All campus libraries will be closed from 4.50pm on 19th December until 5th January when a full service resumes.  The Library catalogue may be unavailable on Saturday 20th December (only) due to essential network maintenance.  A limited service will operate at Ayr on 22nd and 23rd December staffed by SRUC colleagues and the virtual library never sleeps (well not very often) - the Library’s electronic resources will be available as usual for registered users. Network username and password required!

    Popular resources:

    • E-books: use the Library Catalogue Advanced Search and limit the ‘material type’ to ‘E-Book’ to search for electronic books on your topic. Click on the title, then “Connect to UWS electronic book” or similar. If in doubt, see the Electronic Book FAQs on Electronic Resources – see menu on left.

      Access to the Library catalogue may be unavailable on Saturday 20th December due to essential network maintenance. Normal access should be available at all other times during the Christmas break. Apologies for any inconvenience.

    • Online databases: select Electronic Resources from the menu on the left then either the A-Z or a subject list, and one of the databases to look for academic or professional level journal articles that have been published on your topic. Multi-disciplinary services include:

      Ebsco (focus: environmental issues, nursing, psychology, sport science, sociology)
      Emerald (focus: business & management, education, engineering, health care)
      Science Direct (focus: the sciences – health, life, physical, social)
      Springerlink (focus: science and technology)
      Taylor & Francis (focus: behavioural & social sciences, education, politics)
      Web of Science (focus: science, social sciences)
      [Remember to use the SFX option (if provided) to check if we have access to the full text of an article from another supplier. See the SFX FAQs (select Electronic Resources from menu on left) for more details.]

    • Finding an article from a reference: if you already have the details for a specific journal article and want to find it online, select the "Find an electronic journal" option from the right hand panel on the Electronic Resources page, enter the JOURNAL title and click “GO”.
      If an entry appears below the search box,
      1. Click the relevant title,
      2. If options are given, check the year you need is available and click “Go” to select a relevant option,
      3. On the publisher/ supplier website, use the year, volume, issue and page numbers to navigate to the article. [Different page layouts are used so the steps required vary between sites.  Maximising the page makes this process easier on some sites].

    Resources on Moodle: From the Services dropdown, select Library then either Library (Moodle) or UWS Referencing Guide. You can use the link icons on the right to move between these modules.

    • SMILE: put your studying in context and get tips for good online practice
    • Guides: select the Library Guides or subject toggles in Library (Moodle) for advice on using Library resources effectively.
    • UWS Referencing Guide: Use the CoRE to compile your references according to item type and the entries in the “Displaying” section to help you format your in-text citations and put your references into order.

    Can’t find the full text?
    Complete an Inter-library loan request form for each item – select Services from the menu on the left and view Interlibrary Loans. We’ll process these, and answer any questions, when we return on 5th January.

    Any questions?
    Email your subject librarian and we’ll respond on 5th January or as soon as practicable thereafter.

  • 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 21st December, are:

    • Ayr: Monday - Friday 8.45am - 4.50pm
    • Dumfries: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
    • Hamilton: Monday - Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm
    • Paisley: Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.50pm
    • Learning Centre (Paisley): Monday - Friday 9.00am - 4.50pm
    • All Libraries will be CLOSED on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December.

    Over the festive period:

    • Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd December: Ayr Campus Library will be open for all to use 08.45am - 5.15pm with support from SRUC staff only.  Dumfries, Hamilton and Paisley campus libraries will be CLOSED.
    • Wednesday 24th December 2014 - Sunday 4th January 2015: ALL libraries will be CLOSED.

    Monday 5th to Sunday 25th January 2015

     The Libraries will be open: 

    • Ayr: Monday to 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 8.30 - 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: Monday - Friday 9.00am - midnight; Saturday 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.


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  • 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.  This will probably be your date of birth in DDMMYY format.
    • 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 - select the MyAccount option on the Library Catalogue.

    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 your date of birth in DDMMYY format.  You can find the Library module by selecting the Services drop down menu.
  • 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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