Covid 19 update – Loan dates extended – Returning books

Good news! We have renewed all loan items until 5th October so you still don’t need to worry about returning library items while the University Campus is closed.

However, if you are leaving Aberdeen and need to return items and it is convenient and safe for you to do so, there are two methods that can be used.

  1. Two drop-off points have been set up at the RGU student residences at Crathie and Woolmanhill. Please see our previous blogpost for more details of how this works. Any items returned to the residences will be kept there until the Library reopens so they will not be discharged from your account until then.

We are unable to provide a drop-off point on the Garthdee campus but Crathie Student Village at 515-519 Holburn Street is quite nearby. Click on the link for a Google map with directions from the Library to the residence.

  1. Items can also be returned by post as mail services are still running to the Garthdee campus. The Library team check for mail on a weekly basis so these items will be discharged from your Library account. Packages should be addressed to University Library, Sir Ian Wood Building, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ. We recommend that you ask for a receipt of postage and retain it until you receive an email receipt of return. Please note that we cannot reimburse postage costs.

Don’t forget that, although the physical library may be closed, staff are still available to answer your enquiries and to help with referencing, research skills or RefWorks- just email us at

All of the Library online resources continue to be available as normal. You can access millions of resources via LibrarySearch or the databases that the Library subscribes to.

You will find more information at

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 – For enquiries about referencing, literature searches or the use of databases see our Library Support pages – 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 – 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 – 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 but, if you have questions or need help with anything, please email 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 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.