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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 will remain closed to students until at least 31st January.
  • 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 will be 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 due back this month have now been renewed until 1st February 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 now 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

Oxford University Press Journals access problems resolved

We are pleased to report that the access problems for OUP Journals that were reported earlier in the 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.

Oxford University Press Journals access problems

We are sorry to report we are having problems accessing Oxford University Press Journals.

We are unable, currently, to access any of the titles within our collection.

We have reported this to the company and been informed that it is a UK wide issue that is being worked on. We will update the blog once we know more. We are very sorry for the problems this is causing.

Coronavirus – Library Update

Due to the latest Covid restrictions, the Library is currently closed. A limited number of study spaces are available within the Sir Ian Wood Building study areas (N336 and N346) and IT labs (N339 and N340), which can be booked by emailing timetabling@rgu.ac.uk.

These will operate with strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place and will be available between 0800 – 1830, Monday – Friday.

All of the Library 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. We also hope to have Postal Loans and a Click & Collect Service available again soon.

Guides are available on the Library website to help you with referencing, search skills and referencing. You can also 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 Appointments page.

In addition, you can email us at library@rgu.ac.uk. Email is monitored 0900-1700 Monday-Friday.

RGU Library reopening after Christmas and Tier 4 restrictions

Following the First Minister’s announcement on 19th December regarding mainland Scotland entering Tier 4 restrictions from 26th December, changes have had to be made to the planned reopening of RGU Library in January 2021.

It is now anticipated that the Library will reopen to students from Monday 18th January. Seat and Collection bookings may be made for January 18th, but students should be aware that short-notice changes may be required. Any students who have made bookings will be contacted by email if those bookings need to be cancelled.

When the Library reopens on the 18th the main change that you’ll notice will be that you’ll no longer be able to browse the bookshelves. We’re sorry, but browsing isn’t permitted during Tier 4 restrictions. If you need to borrow books please use our Click and Collect service.

Although the Library building won’t reopen until the 18th, Library staff will be working from home and are available to support you. Staff return after the Christmas break on 5th January and can be contacted via email, Twitter and Facebook. Take a look at the Library homepage for all contact details and get in touch if there’s anything we can help you with.