University of Glasgow

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University of Glasgow

About the library

In existence since the foundation of the University of Glasgow in 1451, the University Library is one of the oldest academic libraries in Europe. It holds more than 2 million print books and journals, in excess of 925,000 e-books, and over 58,000 e-journals covering most branches of the arts, sciences, social sciences and medicine.

Archives & Special Collections hold rare and unique books, manuscripts and early photographs and official records documenting the history of the University since 1451, as well as history of Scottish businesses since the late 1700s. The Maps, Official Publications & Statistics Unit holds Scotland’s largest European Documentation Centre, government documents, and a fabulous collection of maps focussing on Scotland and the British Isles.

The Glasgow catalogue on Copac also gives details of the collections in the following departmental and branch libraries:

  • Adam Smith Library for Social Sciences
  • Chemistry Branch Library
  • James Herriot Library for Veterinary Medicine
  • James Ireland Memorial Library for Dentistry
  • Language Resource Library
  • Law Workshop

The opening hours of the library are available online, as is the local library catalogue.

Glasgow University also contributes to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

British Library inter-library loan codes

Library code


For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? Yes.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of the University of Glasgow's records in Library Hub Discover here.