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Welcome to the Library: Introduction

Introduction to UWS Library

COVID-19 Update

Under the latest government restrictions UWS Library is open for Click & Collect only.  Please reserve your book via One Search, and collect your item at the following times and locations (only travel to campus once you receive confirmation that books are ready for collection).

Opening Hours for Click & Collect Only

Ayr Library

Mon-Fri 11.00-15.00
Sat 10.00-12.00

Dumfries Library

(College Building Closed)

Mon-Fri 11.00-15.00 

(Dudgeon House Reception) 

Lanarkshire Library

Mon-Fri 11.00-15.00
Sat 10.00-12.00

London Library


Paisley Library

Mon-Fri 11.00-15.00
Sat 10.00-12.00


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).

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.

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 and Collect Reservation Service

Click and Collect is our book reservation service which supports online learning and remote working.  Click and Collect is an easy way to access print resources when you have limited time to visit the Library.

  • 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 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

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 guides, videos and FAQs can be accessed at #uwslibTalks Padlet and on the Library website.

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.

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 while 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 get in touch.   

Return books contact free to our book-drop boxes which can be found at the following locations: 

  • Ayr: at the main entrance.  
  • Dumfries: Dudgeon House reception. 
  • Lanarkshire: outside the main entrance. 
  • Paisley: at the entrance to the HUB/Library (Robertson Trust Building). 

Our print resources

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). 

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 enhanced Tier 4 guidelines, library study space is not currently accessible. Please 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). 

Protecting students and staff

You will notice several new additions throughout the Library space including: 

  • Transparent screens at each Library Info Point.  

  • Transparent screens between our Self-service kiosks to help with social distancing. 

  • Self-clean stations with PPE and hand gel dispensers located throughout the Library space. 

  • Signage to help you get used to the new way of moving around and using the space, for example one person to use the lift, study spaces in use and any areas temporarily out of use. 

  • Our staff wearing protective equipment including face coverings, disposable gloves and aprons particularly when handing print resources.    

Using the Library space

Under the enhanced Tier 4 guidelines, library study space is not currently accessible. Please see the university website for alternative study space availability. 


Once we return to Tier 3 and study space is available again, we want to ensure it is a safe environment for students and staff to use. Here is how you can use the library space: 

  • Pre-book your study space via My Day (watch the video below for assistance).

  • Please use your student email address to log in.

  • Study spaces have been spaced out to ensure social distancing is possible; some chairs and equipment have been taken away.

  • Group study options will be unavailable.  

  • Wear a face covering at all times when in the Library. 

  • Be mindful when moving around: at the self-service kiosks, using the stairs/lift, queueing for anything and approaching our staff or other students. 

UWS (2020) UWS Study Space Self-Booking. Available at: (Accessed: 30 Sept 2020).

Moving around the Library space

Please adhere to social distancing rules at all times in the Library; to help with this we have introduced these measures: 

  • Floor stickers to mark out safe spaces to queue.  

  • One-way systems when there is limited space for more than one person to move around.   

  • Study spaces: seats and PC’s have been removed to help with social distancing.  Please do not rearrange any furniture or equipment. 

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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