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Library Services

Our Clydebank, Greenock, Paisley and Waterfront campuses have well-equipped libraries to help support you throughout your studies. Your West College Scotland Student Card is also your Library Card.

Each library has:

💡 Textbooks and eBooks

💡 Scanning, Printing and Copying facilities

💡 Journals and Digital Subscription Services (inc. Athens and ClickView)

💡 PCs with Microsoft Office and Internet access (inc. pre-booking / reservation service)

💡 Group study spaces

💡 Personal study spaces

💡 WiFi for smartphone, tablet and laptop devices

💡 Password Reset Services (Student Card or other Photo ID required)

 

Books, Journals and our online search tools

Our libraries have an extensive collection of print materials, including course textbooks, revision guides, past papers, quick reads, fiction, graphic novels, local history and journals. Most items are available to borrow, although some items are for reference only. Each month, your campus library will have a display that focuses on a specific subject area.

You can borrow books from any West College Scotland library. If the books you are interested are at another campus, ask a Library Assistant to request them to be delivered to your library. Books from other campuses normally arrive within three working days.

If a textbook of interest is not currently stocked, ask a Library Assistant if it would be possible to order a copy.  New books take approximately 2 weeks to arrive and be input into the library management system for loaning.

IT Facilities

Each campus library has a suite of Microsoft Windows PCs, all with internet access and Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Publisher.

Printing, Photocopying and Document Scanning

Each library has at least one multi-function printer. Most of the library printers have the option of printing in colour, double sided and in A3 or A4 sizes.

Note: each student has a monthly free print allowance. Each time you print, the remaining balance will reduce. The college allows a small overspend each month. If you find that your course related printing requirements is more than your monthly allowance, speak to the Curriculum Quality Leader (CQL) in charge of your course. S/he may be able to request an increase in your monthly printing allowance.

WiFi Access

Connect your smartphone, tablet device or laptop using eduroam

Log in with your college email address e.g. studentNumber@live.wcs.ac.uk and your college password. Note: this wifi network does not permit access to college printers. 

Study Area

Each library has an area for private study or group work. These areas are noise controlled areas but may not be silent.

eResources and Athens

eBooks, online reference works, journals and newspapers are amongst the range of electronic resources available.  These resources can be accessed through Open Athens.  To obtain an Athens account ask library staff to create on for you. 

Log in to Athens

Accessing information and Referencing

Library staff will help you use the PCs, access resources and explain how to incorporate your research into your assignments.

Additional Support

We have a range of specialist resources and equipment for use by students who have additional support needs. Please ask one of the Library Assistants for more information.

Bookshop

The Clydebank campus Library bookshop sells textbooks, calculators and stationery. The bookshop also offers a laminating and binding service. The bookshop is open from 8.45am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday; and from 8.45am to 3pm on a Friday.

Laptop Loans

The library at our Finnart St. Campus in Greenock has a laptop day-loan service. This allows students and staff to loan a laptop for the day, for use on campus. Each laptop is issued fully charged and with wifi access.


Latest Library News and Announcements


Paisley campus library - inside Paisley campus – new library now open! Old library now closed! , Tue, October 10th, 2017 - NOW OPEN in the Renfrew North building Both floors of your new library in the Renfrew North building at Paisley campus are now fully open. If you haven’t been in the new […]
Featured_Image_004 New Paisley Campus Library – coming soon! , Thu, September 14th, 2017 - Your new library at Paisley campus is almost ready. The new library will be located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Renfrew North building. The 1st floor is on […]
Scottish Youth Parliament Elections Scottish Youth Parliament Election , Mon, March 13th, 2017 - Are you aged between 12 and 25? Our Paisley campus library will act as a polling station for the Scottish Youth Parliament elections on Tuesday 14th March 2017 between 10am […]
UCAS Workshops UCAS: Help with making your university application , Sat, October 15th, 2016 - UCAS Workshops  If you are thinking about going to university in September 2017, now is the time to fill in your application form. University places are in very high demand. […]
Careers Advice Appointments Careers Advice , Thu, October 13th, 2016 - Get the skills you need for the career you want Make an appointment to speak with our Careers Advisor through Student Advisory Services within your campus or email info@wcs.ac.uk

 

Contact the library

Feel free to contact us face-to-face or by any of the methods below

library@wcs.ac.uk

Clydebank campus library

0141 951 7470

Greenock campus library

01475 554 044

Paisley campus library

0141 581 2391

Waterfront campus library

01475 554 044

Clydebank Campus

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Clydebank Campus Library

The Clydebank campus library and bookshop is located on the 1st floor, directly above main reception.

Opening Hours (term-time)

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
8:45 am – 7:30 pm
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
8:45 am – 7:30 pm
8:45 am – 3:30 pm

Access to Computers

The Clydebank campus library has over 70 PCs with Internet access and Microsoft Office. Three PCs have been specially adapted for students with additional support needs. Our PCs are managed and monitored using the MyPC client control suite.

Photocopying, scanning and printing

There are two multifunction devices which produce both colour and black-and-white copies.

Study Zone

A quiet room is available for silent study.

Resources

There is an extensive collection of print materials including course textbooks, revision guides, past papers, quick reads, fiction, graphic novels, local history and journals.

Most items are available to borrow although some items are reference only.

eResources

Refer to the Online Resources tab to find out more about what’s available and how to access each resource.

Bookshop and Stationery Supplies

The bookshop is located within the Clydebank campus library. It sells course textbooks and a wide range of stationery, as well as stamps, calculators and USB memory sticks. The bookshop also provides a binding and laminating service.

The bookshop is open from 8.45am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday; and from 8.45am to 3pm on a Friday.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Greenock Campus

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Greenock’s Finnart Street Campus Library

The Greenock campus library on Finnart Street is located on the ground floor, at the main entrance, next to the Taste dining area.

Opening Hours (term-time)

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
8:50 am – 4:40 pm
8:50 am – 4:40 pm
8:50 am – 4:40 pm
8:50 am – 4:40 pm
8:50 am – 4:30 pm

Access to Computers

The Greenock campus library has over 30 PCs with Internet access and Microsoft Office. Our PCs are managed and monitored using the MyPC client control suite.

Laptop loans

The Greenock campus library has a ‘day loan’ laptop service available to enrolled students and Open University students and tutors. Laptops can be used anywhere within the campus and are connected to our wifi network. Laptops must be returned by 4.30pm each day.

Photocopying, scanning and printing

There are two multifunction devices which produce both colour and black-and-white copies.

Study Zone

A quiet area with individual pods and group study desks are available within the library.

Resources

There is an extensive collection of print materials including course textbooks, revision guides, past papers, quick reads, fiction, graphic novels, local history and journals.

Most items are available to borrow although some items are reference only.

eResources

Refer to the Online Resources tab to find out more about what’s available and how to access each resource.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Paisley Campus

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Paisley Campus Library

Our new library in the Renfrew North building at the Paisley campus nearing completion.

The lower floor will be available for use from Wednesday 20th September and is for books and study.

The upper floor will be ready for use in October. This will become the new library computer suite. Please continue to use the library computer systems on the 1st floor of the Abercorn building until the new computer space is ready.

Opening Hours (term-time)

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
8:45 am – 4:30 pm
8:45 am – 4:30 pm

Access to Paisley campus library computer systems and printing facilities is available Monday to Friday from 8:00am until 4:30pm on the first floor of the Abercorn building during term time.

Access to Computers

The Paisley campus library has over 35 PCs with Internet access and Microsoft Office. Our PCs are managed and monitored using the MyPC client control suite.

Photocopying, scanning and printing

There is a multifunction device which produces both colour and black-and-white copies.

Study Zone

A quiet area with individual pods and group study desks is available within the library.

Resources

There is an extensive collection of print materials including course textbooks, revision guides, past papers, quick reads, fiction, graphic novels, local history and journals.

Most items are available to borrow although some items are reference only.

eResources

Refer to the Online Resources tab to find out more about what’s available and how to access each resource.

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Waterfront Campus

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Greenock’s Waterfront Campus Library

The library within the Waterfront campus is located on the first floor.

This library has electronic security gates. Please observe the medical advisory signage on the library door before entry.

Opening Hours (term-time)

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
8:50 am – 4:45 pm
8:50 am – 4:45 pm
8:50 am – 4:45 pm
8:50 am – 4:45 pm
8:50 am – 4:30 pm

The Issue Desk at the Waterfront Campus Library will close daily 12:30pm – 1:30pm to allow the Library Assistant to take a lunch break. This will not impact access to library for computer use, printing, scanning, photocopying, reading or study.

Access to Computers

The Waterfront campus library has a small number of PCs with Internet access and Microsoft Office. These PCs are managed and monitored using the MyPC client control suite.

The Waterfront campus also has computer suites on the 2nd floor. These are not managed through the library or the MyPC system. Access requests to these PCs and resources within the room should made through your lecturer. The library does however have printer paper supplies that you can use for these rooms when needed.

Photocopying, scanning and printing

There is a multi-function device which produces both colour and black-and-white copies.

Study Zone

The Waterfront campus library is a noise controlled environment with a number of study tables.

Resources

There is a good range of print materials including course textbooks, revision guides, past papers and journals suited to the curriculum delivered at the Waterfront campus.

Most items are available to borrow although some items are reference only.

eResources

Contact Us

For more information please contact:

Online Resources

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Digital Resources free for student and staff use

Ask your campus Library Assistant about what’s available in digital format and how to make best use of them.

Here are just a few of the resources we subscribe to and make available to you from any internet connected device.

ClickView - digital video learning

ClickView is our latest addition to the library. It provides a wide range of educational videos and programming – staff and students can access, edit and store TV programmes recorded from 24 free-to-air digital channels and share them within their faculty.  ClickView is accessible from any internet-connected device.  Use the following details to login:

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OpenAthens is your gateway to a wide range of eBooks and online resources that the college subscribes to. OpenAthens can be accessed on almost any internet connected devices.

Ask a member of the library team to set up your free OpenAthens user account to show you how to get the most from it. When your account is ready, it will take the following format:

 

Here are just a few of the resources you will be able to access within OpenAthens:

IOPscience

IOPscience is an OpenAthens online service containing journal content for students, lecturers and researchers to access scientific, technical and medical content. Students and staff can access IOPscience using their OpenAthens account (if you don’t have an account, just ask a member of library staff to create an account for you)

 

dawsonera ebooks

dawsonera is a collection of eBooks covering a wide range of subjects. Books can be read online, downloaded, or sections printed. dawsonera ebooks are available in both epub and pdf format. Students and staff can access the dawsonera resources through their OpenAthens account. The college subscribes to around 200 titles, covering curriculum areas such as:

  • Automotive engineering;
  • Photography;
  • Business;
  • Theatre;
  • Alternative therapies;
  • Construction management;
  • Study skills;
  • Child care

 

ebrary

ebrary is a collection of around 3,000 e-books covering a wide range of the West College Scotland curriculum. You can choose to read the ebooks online or download them to your computer or a suitable mobile device. All e-boooks are Acrobat pdf. You can also print out a chapter or 5%, just like you can with a print book.

If you log in using your OpenAthens account, you will be able to bookmark pages, highlight relevant text and create a virtual bookshelf of your favoured titles.

 

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EBSCO is a collection of e-books specially selected to meet the demands of a UK FE curricula. It can be accessed from your OpenAthens account and contains more than 3,500 eBooks from leading UK publishers and authors with a focus on key subject areas including:

  • Art
  • Business & Management
  • Child Development & Early Years
  • Computers and IT
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Fashion & Design
  • Health & Social Care
  • History
  • Languages
  • Media
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport, Leisure, Physical Education & Fitness
  • Technology & Engineering

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Credo contains a wide range of eBooks and online study resources that can be accessed using your OpenAthens account (note: type West College Scotland into the search box after clicking the link).

Here are just a few of the curriculum areas within Credo:

  • Animals & Veterinary Medicine
  • Arts & Leisure
  • Biography
  • Business, Finance & Economics
  • Education
  • Food, Drink & Nutrition
  • General Reference
  • GeographyHealth & Medicine
  • History
  • Language & Literature
  • Leadership
  • Mathematics & Statistics
  • Mythology & Folklore
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion & Theology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology & Engineering

Cambridge Online Companions (access using your OpenAthens account)

Lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods. All are collections of specially commissioned essays, shaped and introduced to appeal to student readers. Together the chapters add up to a systematic critical account of, for example Plato, Luther, Jane Austen, Tom Stoppard or Stravinsky, the French Novel, Nelson Mandela or the Beatles.

 

Shakespeare Survey (access using your OpenAthens account)

A yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948 Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism.

 

 


Quick Links to useful eBooks and Guides for Success

 

 

 

The Open University

Open University

Open University Learning Spaces at West College Scotland

Our libraries at Clydebank, Greenock and Paisley campuses are available to Open University students and staff as Learning Spaces.

The college library stocks prospectuses for many universities in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. We also have additional literature for West College Scotland students who may be considering the Open University as a potential progression route.

Information for Open University students and tutors 

Open University students and tutors may use the facilities at any West College Scotland campus library for personal study or research.

Please email library@wcs.ac.uk in advance of your first visit so that we can request a computer account for you. Computer accounts expire in June of each year.

On your first visit, please report to the campus reception desk. The receptionist will contact the library to advise of your arrival. On subsequent visits, you may go directly to the campus library.

On each visit, you will be required to sign in and out of the campus library. You should bring Open University identification (e.g. student card, tutor badge or letter). West College Scotland will share information with the Open University about which students and staff are making use of the facilities at West College Scotland and the frequency of use. You are welcome to use the library facilities at any West College Scotland campus as often as you want during normal library opening hours for that campus.

Information about the Open University and courses

Each campus library has information about the Open University and courses. Please ask a Library Assistant for more information or visit college routes section on the Open University website.