Membership

Membership

All our current staff and students are members of our library. 

We offer limited borrowing rights to the following groups of people:

GCU staff and students

All contracted staff and registered students have full borrowing rights and are entitled to:

  • borrow a total of 20 items of which no more than 15 can be two-week loans or 15 long loan* books. This includes DVDs, AV Equipment and short loan Laptops (3 hour loan)
  • use our journals stock for reference purposes
  • use Eduroam to connect to university Wi-Fi
  • use all library e-resources
  • use of our boookable study rooms, book at the Library Desk
  • apply for Sconul Access (does not apply to Associate staff members)
  • support from our Academic Librarians

*Long loan books are issued for 4 weeks to students and for 12 weeks to members of staff

Alumni

We offer free, annual membership to GCU Alumni.

This entitles users to:

Graduates should apply for membership online.

Please note that Alumni are not entitled to SCONUL Access via Glasgow Caledonian University, to book our study rooms or to use our PCs or e-resources.

Associate staff

Associate staff may join the Library for one academic year. If this needs to be extended, you must re-apply.

This entitles users to:

  • borrow a total of 20 items of which no more than 15 can be two-week loans, or 15 long loan books (4 week loan)
  • use our journals stock for reference purposes
  • use Eduroam to connect to university Wi-Fi
  • use all library e-resources
  • support from our Academic Librarians

Applicants must get approval from their department, and then complete our application form. You will receive an email when your card is ready; please allow up to five working days. Show this email and one piece of photographic ID to the Library Desk staff on Level 0 of the Saltire Centre to receive your card.

Please note - departments or sponsors will ultimately be liable for the cost of any material not returned to the Library.

Please note that as an Associate staff member you are not entitled to SCONUL Access via Glasgow Caledonian University or to book our study rooms.

Associate staff have access to eresources through an authorised guest account. This must be arranged through Information Services by their department.

Community users

We offer free community membership to the public.

To join, please fill in the online community membership form.

You can either complete the form at home or use our smart tables in the library. Please bring two forms of identification to the Library Desk on level 0 (one from each section below). We need to see the original documents for verification. We also need to see these documents every 90 days in order to revalidate your membership.

Section one - photo ID:

  • National identity card
  • Passport
  • Photocard driving licence

Section two - proof of address:

Must be dated no more than three months old and contain your name and current address.

  • Bank statement
  • Council Tax statement or other Local Authority letter
  • Government letter (pension, benefit and so on)
  • Utility bill (gas, electricity, telephone or mobile)

Community users are entitled to:

  • borrow a laptop from the Library Desk (available for a three hour loan) to use in the library
  • borrow 3 three long loan books (4 week loan) from our collections in compact shelving
  • use our paper books and journals stock for reference purposes
  • sign up for free Wi-Fi access   
  • search the library catalogue using the Smart Tables on levels 0, 2, 3 and 4
  • support from our Community Team
  • use our open access resources

You are not entitled to to book our study rooms on level 0.

Mentors

This scheme gives free, one-year GCU library membership with borrowing rights to student mentors (clinical supervisors) who are directly involved in assessed parts of our programmes.

Applicants must get approval from their GCU department before completing our application form. You will receive an email when your library card is ready; please allow up to five working days. Show this email and one piece of photographic ID to the Library Desk staff on Level 0 of the Saltire Centre to receive your card.

Please note that Departments will ultimately be liable for the cost of any material not returned to the Library.

To extend your membership you must re-apply following the process above.

Mentors are entitled to:

Please note that Mentors are not entitled to SCONUL Access via Glasgow Caledonian University, to book our study rooms or to use our PCs or e-resources. NHS staff have access to The Knowledge Network for databases and ejournals.

SCONUL Access

SCONUL Access is a reciprocal access scheme which allows borrowing privileges to many types of library users working or studying at participating higher education libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

SCONUL Access provides borrowing privileges for most:

  • academic staff on open or fixed term contracts
  • postgraduate research students registered for a PhD, MPhil or similar qualification
  • part-time, distance learning and placement students
  • full-time postgraduates

SCONUL Access also provides a reference only service for most full-time undergraduate students.

To find out which libraries you can use and how to apply for membership, go to the SCONUL Access web page.

Please note that if you are a student or member of staff from a non-member university (which includes any university outside the UK and Ireland), then you will not be not able to use the scheme.

SCONUL - visiting staff or students from participating universitites

To be consistent with the expiry date we give to our own students, we are limiting membership to students applying from other institutions to a maximum of one academic year, unless the expiry date on their approval email is earlier.

A maximum 3 years membership applies to permanent, full-time or part-time members of staff.

Go to the SCONUL Access web page and complete the request form.

You will receive a confirmation email from your home institution and can then apply online to request membership of Glasgow Caledonian University Library.

We will email you when your card is ready; please allow up to five working days. Show the confirmation email from your home institution and your university staff or student ID card to the Library Desk staff on level 0 of the Saltire Centre to receive your card.

Sconul Access membership entitles users to:

  • borrow a total of 7 items. Within this total, there is a maximum of 5 two-week loans or 5 long loans (4 week loan).
  • use our paper books and journals stock for reference purposes
  • connect to Eduroam at GCU. Provided your home institution uses Eduroam, you may use it at GCU as long as you have already registered at your home institution
  • sign up for free Wi-Fi Guest access 
  • use our open access resources
  • search the library catalogue using the Smart Tables on levels 0, 2, 3 and 4
  • support from our Academic Librarians 

Sconul Library Membership does NOT allow access to PCs or to our e-resources - this is only available to GCU students and staff under our licences. Use of our study rooms is also restricted to GCU staff and students.