RGU Library reopening from 12th April

Good news! RGU Library will be open to students again from Monday 12th April and we’re really looking forward to welcoming you back. During the exam period, until 30th April, opening hours will be 0900-2100 Monday-Friday. From Monday 3rd May opening hours will change to 0900-1700 Monday-Friday.

Before coming to the Library there’s a few things to remember:

  • Study seats must be booked at least one day in advance. See the Seat Booking page for more information.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times whilst in the Library. This includes whilst sitting at your study desk and is in accordance with Scottish Goverment Covid-19 regulations. Medical exemptions do apply but please wear your lanyard on your visit.
  • All study seats are numbered. Please sit only at your designated seat and be ready to leave when your study slot ends.
  • Please use the cleaning spray and wipes to clean your workstation before and after use. Cleaners are in the library multiple times during each day, but it is your responsibilty to ensure the cleanlieness of your workstation.
  • Please observe the one-way system to move around the Library and abide by any signage and staff advice.

There’s also a couple of new things for this Semester:

  • You will need to show your booking confirmation email to Main Reception staff for your Seat or Click & Collect booking. You will not be permitted to move further into the building if you don’t have this. If you make a booking and don’t recevie a confirmation please let us know before coming to the campus.
  • During Tier 4 Coivd-19 restrictions the browsing of bookshelves is not permitted. This is a Scottish Goverment requirement and all the bookshelves have been taped off. Please use the Click and Collect, Postal Loan and Digitisation services to access print stock.

As always, these plans are subject to change at short notice depending on RGU policy and Scottish Goverment restrictions. We advise following the Library on Twitter or Facebook to be kept up to date.

If you have any questions please contact us via email on library@rgu.ac.uk


Coronavirus Update – Library Services from Monday 18th January

  • Due to current Covid restrictions and to ensure the continued safety of students and staff, the library tower is closed to students.
  • A limited number of study spaces are available within the Sir Ian Wood Building (N336 and N346) and IT labs (N339 and N340), between 0800 – 1830, Monday – Friday.  These can be booked by emailing timetabling@rgu.ac.uk
  • Click and Collect, Postal Loans and Article & Chapter requests are available for on shelf items only. We would advise that you make use of postal loans unless you live close to campus or are attending classes. Items currently on loan may not yet be reserved or recalled but we will resume these services as soon as we can.
  • Where possible, all loans have now been renewed until 1st April and, as long as your library account is current and remains in good standing, items will continue to renew automatically. If you have completed or suspended your studies and still have books to return, please email library@rgu.ac.uk for further instructions/advice.
  • Books may be returned via the library drop box in the atrium of the Sir Ian Wood Building between 0800 – 1830, Monday – Friday. All returned items will be kept in quarantine for a minimum of 72 hours before being processed.
  • Online resources are still available as normal. You can access these via LibrarySearch or the databases that the Library subscribes to. This includes e-books, online journal articles, reports and more. 
  • You can still book an online appointment with one of our Academic Support team or attend one of our online workshops. For full details, and to book, please visit our Workshops and Appointmentsweb page.

More information can be found at COVID-19: Library service information but if you have any other questions please contact us at library@rgu.ac.uk

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.51 – March 2021)

Welcome to the latest update on RGU’s open access institutional repository, OpenAIR. If you have any suggestions for things that you would like to see in these monthly updates, or if you have any questions about the repository service, please get in touch with the Publications Team.


If you would like to be invited to a training session on how to record your outputs in Worktribe, please send an e-mail to the Publications Team (publications@rgu.ac.uk). We hope to run group training sessions at least once a month during the lockdown, but one-to-one sessions are unlikely to resume until it becomes possible to meet on campus.


OpenAIR currently contains 4426 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1269557 = SIDDIQUE, S., LEUNG, P.S. and NJUGUNA, J. [2021]. Drilling oil-based mud waste as a resource for raw materials: a case study on clays reclamation and their application as fillers in polyamide 6 composites. Upstream oil and gas technology [online], (accepted).

Each School is currently linked to the following number of outputs on OpenAIR:

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Aberdeen Business School – 654
Gray’s School of Art – 268
Law School – 191
School of Applied Social Studies – 178
School of Computing – 584
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 485
School of Engineering – 659
School of Health Sciences – 209
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice – 338
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 689
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 312
Other departments – 46


Last month, in February, there were a total of 3776 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 30.03.2021.

Emerald database access problems resolved

We are pleased to report that the access problems for Emerald that were reported last week have now been resolved and the site and articles can be accessed as normal.

We apologise for the inconvenience this caused and please get in touch if you have any further problems by emailing us at library@rgu.ac.uk.