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Welcome to the Library: Introduction

Introduction to UWS Library

Welcome to UWS Library

What do you need to know about the library?

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

Contact Us

Students and staff can contact a member of the Library Team by:

If you are on-campus the Library Info Point will be open during staffed hours, where screens have been fitted.

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

Click & Collect (Reservation Service)

Under the latest government restrictions UWS Library is open for Click & Collect and contact-free book returns.  

While browsing the shelves is suspended, 'Click and Collect' is our book reservation service which supports online learning and remote working by giving access to print resources.

  • Log into the Library Catalogue (One Search).
  • Search for the item you want.
  • Click Reserve and state your desired pick-up location.
  • You will receive an email notification to your student email to let you know when the item is available for collection.
  • Please collect your item within a week of the email notification.
  • If you no longer require the item, please contact us at

Collect your item at the following times and locations (only travel to campus once you receive confirmation that books are ready for collection).

Click and collect times


Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00
Sat 10.00 - 12.00


Mon - Fri 10.00 - 15.30 


Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00
Sat 10.00 - 12.00


Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00


Mon - Sat 10.00 - 16.00

Contact-Free Book Returns

To help keep students and our team safe we introduced the following: 

  • Book return boxes placed outside or at the entrance to the campus to minimise the number of people onsite (due dates have also been extended and fines incurred since 13/03/2020 waived). 

  • Any books returned to us will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours – to ensure they are safe to be re-shelved or for the next person to use (please note this may extend the time you have to wait for a reserved book). 


Contact-free book return locations

Contact-free book return times


Main entrance next to the Security Office, University Avenue, KA8 0SX

Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00 

Sat 10.00 - 12.00


Crichton Library, Dumfries and Galloway College Building, Bankend Road, DG1 4FD

Mon - Fri 10.00 - 15.30


Outside main entrance, Stephenson Place, Hamilton International Technology Park, G72 0LH



Library entrance, 7th Floor, Import Building, 2 Clove Crescent, London E14 2BE Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00


Entrance to the HUB/Library, Robertson Trust Building, Storie Street, PA1 2BE

Mon - Sat 10.00 - 16.00  

Academic Librarian Support

While COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, the Academic Librarian Team are working remotely. The team will continue to deliver online support and offer advice on:

  • finding information for assignments
  • searching databases and e-resources
  • evaluating resources
  • UWS referencing
  • referencing at UWS
  • reference management (including EndNote)

You can book a 1-2-1 or small group appointment with an Academic Librarian via: 

24/7 access to online help guides and information can be accessed via Library Guides and on the Library website. LibGuides are help guides to our online databases, subject resources, and much more.

Library opening times

We have a library at each of our UWS campuses: Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire, London and Paisley. Please check the staffed opening times before you visit.

COVID-19 : Making our Libraries safe for you

While you've been away, we've made some changes to our libraries to ensure a safe return for all our students and staff. 

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Library Update Page.

UWS Library (2020) COVID-19: Making our libraries safe for you. Available at: (Accessed: 30 Sept 2020).

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  LibGuides. LibGuides are help guides to our online databases, subject resources, and much more.

Important information for all students & staff

As with government and university guidance: 

  • Do not enter any UWS campus or the Library if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

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

  • Under the current government guidance, there is limited access to bookable library study space. Please check your local campus arrangements. Also see the university website for alternative study space 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 any other campus.

  • To help keep our spaces tidy and allow for cleaning staff to focus on essential areas 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. 

We know this is a challenging time for us all, if you have any concerns about using the Library please get in touch. 

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