Books, ebooks, journals and DVDs


For the most up-to-date information on accessing and borrowing print materials such as books, journals and DVDs, please see our library updates guide.

City of Glasgow College libraries offers free access to thousands of resources to help you successfully complete your studies during your time at the college. We offer a multitude of different types of resources - not just books! You can of course come into the library and browse, however, if you’re looking for something more specific or are studying from home, then the library catalogue and library website are the best places to look for resources to help you with your studies.


Finding books, ebooks, journals & DVDs in the library catalogue

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Finding resources on the library shelves

If your item is a print item, you will need to find it on the library shelves. Most books and resources in the library have a shelf number, to help you find them. Shelf numbers run from 000 to 999 and organise books by subject.

For quick reference, here is where you can locate a shelf number within the library at a glance:

  City Campus Library Riverside Campus Library
Shelf number    
000-639 Level 4 Level 1
640-999 Level 5 Level 1









Shelf numbers are normally followed by the first three letters of the author's surname. So, for instance, Practical Cookery by David Foskett has the shelf number 641.5 FOS. If we match up the shelf number to the table above, we can see that books at 641.5 will be held on Level 5 (if the item is held at City campus).

At the end of each bookshelf there are also signs listing the subjects and shelf numbers of books in that row to guide you in the right direction. 

Our friendly staff are here to help

If all else fails and you can’t find what you’re looking for – ask a member of staff! Staff can help guide you to suitable resources and possibly introduce you to some new resources you may not have previously considered. Our knowledgeable staff know our collections inside-out, so please do not hesitate to ask if you can’t find what you’re looking for. You can contact staff at the service points within the library or email us at:


Finding books, ebooks, journals and DVDs video transcript

City of Glasgow College libraries offers free access to thousands of resources to help you successfully complete your studies during your time at the college – and they’re not all books! The best way to search our wide range of study materials is to use the library website and catalogue.  

Searching the library catalogue is very simple – essentially it’s a dedicated search engine for library content!  

When searching, you can filter your search by choosing a specific format such as book, ebook, journal, DVDs, newspapers, and selected streaming media. You can also further specify your search by selecting Title, Author, etc, as well as specify whether you’d like to find a resource in the City Campus Library, Riverside Library, or Digital Library. After making your search, you can also tailor the results further by editing the date range or making other selections.  


Library catalogue search function




Once you’ve found a suitable resource, you can see in the Holdings area whether it is a print or a digital resource. If it is a print resource, the current location and shelf mark will help you find the resource within the library. If it is a digital resource, a link will be provided. For most of our digital resources, you will need to sign in for access – using your college username and password.  


Library holdings




Hopefully, this video has shown you how you can easily search the library website and catalogue to make best use of our resources, but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask us at the Library Help Desk