Library and eLearning

  • 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 3rd May, are:

    • 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 8.30am - 4.30pm; Saturday 9.00am - 5.00pm
    • Paisley: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 8.50pm; Friday 8.30am - 4.50pm; Saturday 9.00am - 4.50pm; Sunday 1.00pm - 4.50pm

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



  • 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.

    Staff and students: additional library resources are provided on the university's VLE - login to Moodle, select the Services dropdown, then Library and Library (Moodle).

  • Sessions for Success/ Bite size workshops

    Paisley Campus: Sessions for Success is a series of workshops, which will support your academic learning and employability. Delivered jointly by the Library, Effective Learning, and Careers, these sessions will cover topics ranging from literature searching to academic writing, and from using EndNote to improving your employability. There will also be a series of Dissertation Clinics, where students can come with any questions relating to writing their dissertations.

    Sessions for Success will run throughout Trimester 2 on Paisley Campus, and are open to all students. No need to sign up…just turn up on the day!

    *All sessions will run from 12.15-1.00*

    Sessions will be held in the Library Seminar Room (Level 2) and the Careers & Employability Office, Elles Block.

    Hamilton Campus: Bite size is a new set of lunchtime masterclasses brought to you by Effective Learning and the Library on the Hamilton Campus. All sessions are in A154 from 12.15-12.45 – just around the corner from the canteen. The masterclasses are informal and students are encouraged to bring along their lunches.

    The Bite size sessions will cover the whole learning process; time management, finding and critiquing information, essay and report structure, referencing, EndNote, Turnitin, and studying and exam prep. No need to sign up…just turn up on the day!

  • New Students

  • Award Winning

    Design Award logo whiteAyr Campus Library is a current holder of one of the prestigious SCONUL Library Design Awards. The SCONUL awards recognise the best in the design of higher education libraries. More on this story...

  • Distance Learners