RGU Closure from 5pm Friday 20th March – Covid 19

RGU Principal Professor John Harper has notified the RGU community this morning that all campus activity will cease at 5pm on Friday 20th March. All campus buildings will be closed, including the Library.

Online Library services, including ebooks, databases and Library Search are still available and can be used as normal. There will be no access to the Library or Learning Centre study space, or to the books within the Library, during the period of closure. We will also be unable to provide a reservations service, process new inter-library loan requests, or post books to Online Learners.

You may still receive emails from the Library during this time in regard to overdue or recalled books. This is an automated process and the Library is unable to prevent the emails being sent. Please retain any items during the closure period and ensure that they are returned as soon as the Library reopens.

Library staff will be providing a remote enquiry service during the closure. We can be contacted via email, Twitter or Facebook. For general enquiries see our Contact Us pages – https://library.rgu.ac.uk/home. For enquiries about referencing, literature searches or the use of databases see our Library Support pages – https://library.rgu.ac.uk/librarysupport. Please note that there may be a delay in responding to enquiries dependent on the health and availability of Library staff, who will be working from home during this time.

Guides are available on the Library website – https://library.rgu.ac.uk/home to help you use a range of Library services, including guides to specific databases, referencing templates and search techniques.

For further information on the RGU wide closure please see the main RGU website – https://www.rgu.ac.uk/. Students and staff should follow advice from their School or Department regarding when they can return to campus.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Tuesday 24th December

08.00 – 12.00

25th & 26th December


Friday 27th & Saturday 28th December

09.00 – 17.00

Sunday 29th December – Friday 3rd January


Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th January

10.00 – 20.00

Library information and links to all your reading lists, electronic resources and referencing guides are available online at https://library.rgu.ac.uk but, if you have questions or need help with anything, please email library@rgu.ac.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

24/7 Library Opening – Coming Soon

24 hour library opening begins on Monday 25th November and will continue until 8.00pm on Friday 20th December.

Security staff will be on duty overnight and the self-service kiosks and returns machine will be available as usual. If you have any questions during these times, please email library@rgu.ac.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

From 10.00pm, a complimentary drink station will be available near the SIWB reception area. Microwaves and a kettle will also be available in the Refectory.

Vending machines are available on Level 2a (to the left when exiting the lift).

The usual rules about eating and drinking in the library still apply so we would ask that you don’t bring coffee, tea or snacks into the study areas. Bottled water only please! Free reusable RGU Library water bottles are available from reception.

Please stay safe and make travel plans accordingly.  For bus timetables please see –


We hope you find these extra opening hours useful and look forward to hearing your feedback.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November

The Sir Ian Wood Building and the University Library will be closed for the full weekend of Saturday 16th November – Sunday 17th November to allow essential maintenance work to be carried out.

Library Services will operate from the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre in the Aberdeen Business School Building on both days from 10.00am – 8.00pm.

Library staff will be available to answer your enquiries and all online resources such as e-books, e-journals and databases will be available as usual but we will be unable to offer access to print material over the weekend. However, if you need an item and it is available on the shelves in the library, we will arrange to collect it for you on Monday morning and have it ready for you to pick up later that day.

Full access to IT labs, teaching rooms and catering in ABS will be available and the IT Helpdesk will be open from 11.00am – 3.00pm.

If you have any questions please email library@rgu.ac.uk or telephone 01224 263450.