Changes to the Library Catalogue this summer

Over the summer Information Services will be making significant changes to the Library catalogue. Once upgrades are completed the catalogue will have a more contemporary look and it will be possible to search not only our printed books and journals, but our online resources at the same time.


What do I need to do and know?


  • If you have any saved search alerts in the catalogue, e.g. if you receive an email each time we add something new on your favourite topic, make a note of these alerts now as these will need to be recreated when the new interface is launched.
  • Be aware that the StirGate product will be discontinued as a brand when the new catalogue is launched (although the search functionality will be included within the new Library Catalogue). You should make a note of any saved searches in StirGate now.

Will Information Services still offer a reading list service?


Yes, please submit your reading lists in the usual way to by 15th August to ensure they are ready for the start of teaching in September.


Next steps


We plan to launch the new look catalogue towards the end of summer in time for the start of the new academic year. In preparation for the launch there will be a few periods of downtime.


Planned downtime: 


Monday 18th July from 12 noon, the A-Z list of online resources ( and subject research guides will be unavailable. Access to databases will be via the library catalogue, e.g. to search Web of Science go to and enter Web of Science. If you require assistance with access to databases and other electronic resources during this period please email:


Tuesday 19th July from 1500 to Wed 20th July 1200, the library catalogue will be unavailable. The libraries at the Stirling and Highland campuses will remain open and books can be borrowed or returned at the Lending Desk. Self issue and self return machines will not be available and it will not be possible to use “My Library Record”. If you have a book due for renewal on this date please renew in advance where possible, we will not charge any fines if you were unable to renew books online on these dates.


Further downtime is anticipated and will be advertised via the IS news blog: on Twitter @isstirling


Want to know more or get involved in the project?


Library staff would like to recruit staff and students to assist with usability testing of the catalogue. If you wish to take part in this, or find out more, please email Sarah Kevill or Shirley Millar