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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.

See the link below to book a session.

Student card

All enrolled students are issued a digital ID card.

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 at the Self-service kiosks on campus to issue books to your Library account.

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 Across 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

Opening hours for each library can be found here.

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

University guidance:

  • It is recommended that students download the Safe Zone App to a mobile device. This is a free safety app with an emergency and first aid alert function. The app can be downloaded from your usual app store.

Keep in touch

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

Any questions you have please get in touch!

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).

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