RGU Library Semester 1 opening hours

From Monday 13th September RGU Library opening hours will revert to pre-pandemic times. Capacity is limited in accordance with 1metre social distancing and the Library can be used for individual study only. There are no group facilities available in the Library at present. Please sit only at those desks with a green tick and avoid any with a red cross.

Opening hours will be:

  • Monday – Thursday 0800-2230
  • Friday 0800-2000
  • Saturday & Sunday 1000-2000

Our evening and weekend teams are looking forward to getting back to work and seeing students in the Library again. It is possible that we’ll need to restrict opening hours again at short notice if advised to do so by RGU or the Scottish Government. We advise following the Library on one of our social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or this blog – to be kept up to date.

Due to the limited capacity we can only offer study space to current RGU students. We’re sorry but Alumni, Community members and Associate Members will not be able to access the upper floors of the Library. You can still borrow books through our Click and Collect service and will be able to access the Reception area of the Library to pick up your reservations.  

Top 5 Tips for Using RGU Library

Hello new or returning RGU student! Are you wondering how to make the best use of the opportunities available to you from the library service? Then see our top tips for using RGU library this semester!

1. Pay us a visit!

From Monday 13th September, we are removing the requirement to book a seat to use the library. We’ve also reduced our social distancing requirements to 1 metre.

This is something we’ve done so we can welcome as many of our students as possible, so we’d be delighted if you paid us a visit!

Just remember, our study spaces are still socially distanced, and we still ask you to wear a face covering unless exempt.

We recommend you check out our homepage or social media accounts to keep up to date on any upcoming changes this semester!

2. Use our online search!

We have a dedicated search engine, called LibrarySearch, where you can find loads of good sources to use in your assignments and research.

Yes, we all know Google exists. But Google can give you a lot of poor quality, or non-academic results you won’t want anywhere near your reference list. So be careful!

A good way to avoid any problems is to get to grips with LibrarySearch, because you can find a range of books, journals and other sources to help you – including our huge online collections!

3. Use your reading lists!

On each of your module pages on Moodle, you should see a little link like this one:

This will take you to your reading list for that module, if available. These contain links to essential or recommended reading your tutors want you to look at over the course of the module.

These lists can’t possibly contain everything you’ll want to read on a topic, so remember to search our collections through LibrarySearch or one of our many databases to read up on important topics!

4. Come to one of our workshops (or book an appointment)!

We will soon be running weekly online workshops on RGU Harvard referencing, using RefWorks to manage your reference lists, and advanced search techniques using databases.

We also offer one-on-one appointments if you’d like to discuss anything to do with the Library Service.

5. Ask for help!

We can’t stress enough how important it is to take advantage of the support we offer. It can take such a load off your mind!

Every year, without fail, we hear from students who say things like, “I wish I’d known this sooner!” Or, “I can’t believe I’m only learning this now!”

Taking the time to learn about our resources or referencing effectively can be such a boost during your time at university – so make the most of it! There’s no such thing as a silly question – we’re always happy to help.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.56 – August 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.


Please get in touch with us at publications@rgu.ac.uk if you would like to arrange a training session (or refresher) on how to add your outputs to Worktribe.

As a reminder, when you are looking to publish your journal articles, you may want to take advantage of one of the library’s Gold Open Access offsetting agreements, which can help to reduce or entirely cover the costs of publishing Gold Open Access. The full list and details of our current deals are available in our online guide.


OpenAIR currently contains 4766 outputs. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following:

  • https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/1400355 = BELKOURI, D., LAING, R. and GRAY, D. [2021]. Through the eyes of autonomous vehicles: using laser scanning technology to engage the public via the analysis of journeys seen from a different perspective. Transportation research procedia [online]: proceedings of 25th Living and walking in cities international conference 2021 (LWC 2021): new scenarios for safe mobility in urban areas, 9-10 September 2021, Brescia, Italy, (accepted).

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

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Aberdeen Business School – 670
Gray’s School of Art – 297
Law School – 199
School of Applied Social Studies – 201
School of Computing – 628
School of Creative and Cultural Business – 516
School of Engineering – 721
School of Health Sciences – 230
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice – 365
School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences – 763
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment – 327
Other departments – 69


Last month, in July, there were a total of 4333 downloads from OpenAIR. The most-downloaded items were:

The above data were gathered on 30.08.2021.

Access to library online resources – at-risk Tuesday 31 August

Due to essential upgrades, access to library online resources should be considered at-risk on Tuesday 31st August 2021 between 13:00 and 17:00 BST.

If you have any questions, please get in touch at library@rgu.ac.uk.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we complete this important work.