• Welcome to the Library

    On this page you will find our opening hours and contact details, information for new students and distance learning students and links to our twitter and Facebook accounts along with the menu on the left for links to our electronic resources and other services.

  • Summer works at Paisley

    The Paisley Campus Library Level 3 North will be closed to all users from Monday 26th May for a period of around 8 weeks. Work is planned to repair the ceiling, upgrade the lighting and remove asbestos. In preparation for this all of the Health Nursing and Midwifery stock has been moved into an adjacent part of the library, so access is not affected to this.

    We also plan to relocate the most heavily used sections of the engineering and science stock for the duration of the works. This would include items which are one week loans, and others identified by subject specialist staff.

    Please think ahead and borrow any items you might need during June and July before access to the stock is closed. Remember that there may be additional copies of books available at one of the other campus libraries.

    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 August, are:

    • Ayr: Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 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 8.00am - 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


    Our web pages offer you access to general information about the library, to services that we offer, to our library catalogue, to electronic resources and to guides and online help.

    • To find out about borrowing information, etc, please click on Services on the left hand menu.
    • To look for stock on the library shelves - books, print journals, CD's, DVD's, etc., click on Library Catalogue.
    • To access our electronic resources to look for articles on your topic, electronic books and electronic journals, click on Electronic Resources.
    • For useful links, including how to access other academic libraries, and how to access Enabling Support and Effective Learning support, click on Useful Links.

    Each campus also has Subject Librarians who will often take you for classes during your modules to introduce you to different aspects of Information Literacy. You can also contact your Subject Librarian for help in using and finding resources and materials. Two or three students can be seen together in a tutorial if you want to come with a friend. Click on the link to find out how to contact your Subject Librarian.


    First Steps

    • Your student card is also your library card.
    • Before you borrow books, first activate your library card at the Service Desk and get an induction pack.
    • 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.

    My UWS Library on Moodle

    Moodle is the UWS Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where your lecturers will put your modules and course materials. The Library has a module called My UWS Library that everyone in the University has access to. Log on to Moodle with your banner number. Your password is your 6 digit date of birth. 
  • Distance Learners

    Electronic Access

    If you are unable to come into the library because you live a long way from any of our campus libraries it is important to make full use of our electronic resources and online support here.

    We have hundreds of electronic books available on many different subjects and the number is growing all the time. There are over 600 titles available in Healthcare, Nursing and Midwifery and related subjects. These are exactly the same as the printed books you would find on the shelf. Use the Library Catalogue to search for these: use the "More Searches" drop-down menu and select "Advanced Search". Limit the "Material Type" to "E-Book".

    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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