We offer members of the public access to the Library to consult items in our collections which are not held anywhere locally.

Visitor passes are issued for one day only. For advice on membership or extended access, contact

Please note that study spaces are limited. We are unable to offer access to people seeking a quiet place to study.

Apply for a visitor's pass

You can apply for a visitor's pass if:

  • You wish to consult material that you have been unable to locate elsewhere locally
  • You are a visiting student from abroad – this should be arranged in advance by contacting us at 
  • You are accessing Archives & Special Collections – please be advised that this is by appointment only

How to apply

Apply in person at the Welcome Desk during staffed service hours - please bring a form of personal identification e.g. driving license or passport.

Part-time or placement student, distance learner, full-time postgraduate, or academic at another UK university?

You may be eligible to join the Library under the SCONUL Access scheme.

How to join

  1. Complete our online membership application
  2. We will ask you to submit your SCONUL acceptance email, a scan of your student ID card, and a photo
  3. You will receive confirmation when your access card is available for collection

If enrolled as SCONUL Band A, B or C, your University of Glasgow borrower's card allows you to: