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Welcome to the Library: Getting started

Introduction to UWS Library

Welcome to UWS Library

Everything you need to know to help you get started using the Library:

UWS Library (2020) Welcome to UWS Library. Available at: (Accessed: 17 Sept 2020).

Library Skills Online

Our Library Skills Online sessions are a great way to learn more about the Library and develop key skills to help you during your time at UWS and beyond.

Sessions are led by one of our Library team, find out more here.

Library Skills Online sessions available to book now:

Introduction to Managing your Resources (Tue 16 Nov at 7pm).


Contact Us

Here's our contact details:

If you would like to speak to someone come to the Library Info Point during staffed hours.

UWS Library (2020) UWS Library supporting you remotely. Available at: (Accessed: 30 Sept 2020).

Academic Librarian Support

The Academic Librarian team are here to support you during your time at UWS; you can meet the team here; look out for a Library session led by one of our Academic Librarians during one of your lectures.  

Appointments are available for individuals or small groups online (face to face requests will be considered).


Finding us

There is a Library on each campus:

Campus Location
Ayr Over the bridge from main reception
Dumfries Within the Dumfries & Galloway College Building
Lanarkshire Level 0 (ground floor), Building 2
London Adjacent to main reception
Paisley Levels 2 & 3 (first and second floor), Robertson Trust Building

​​​​​​​You will find staffed opening times on the UWS website, please check these before travelling.

Student card

All enrolled students are issued a digital ID card find out more here.  

Your student ID card is also your Library card.  All cards have a barcode, you will need this to take print resources (books and journals) out on loan.  Scan the barcode from your ID card or phone at the Self-service kiosks on campus to issue books to your Library account.

Welcome to the Library Guide

Using our resources

UWS Library have a wide-range of online resources that are available 24/7.  Start your search of our collection including online options on One Search - remember to sign-in. 

If you would like help accessing resources or discovering how to get the most out of what’s on offer, please read our selection of  Library Guides. Library Guides are help guides to our online databases, subject resources, and much more.

Important info

As with government and university guidance: 

  • Do not enter any UWS campus or the Library if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive and have not yet had the results of a PCR test.

  • Please download the Safe Zone App to your mobile device before entering the campus. 

  • Study spaces are available to use in the Library if you are on-campus.  Limited group study options are available, these should be pre-booked on the Study Spaces app on MyDay.  Solo study spaces are also available subject to availability.

  • Face coverings to be worn in the Library at all times unless you are exempt (more information can be found here). You can collect an exemption sunflower lanyard from the Hub at Paisley or from the Welcome desk at all other campuses.

  • Our staff are cleaning high use areas regularly, to allow them to focus on this there should be no food consumed in the Library.  You can still bring drinks in lidded containers. 

  • If requested we may be required to share student and staff information to support the NHS Test & Protect (more information can be found here). 

Keep in touch

Check our webpage and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.  

Any questions you have please get in touch!

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