Covid-19 library updates

Scottish Government Level 4 restrictions now apply. To allow us to keep the Library open, there will be no access to bookshelves.

Our opening hours have changed in line with enhanced Level 4 restrictions:

Monday: 10am-8pm
Tuesday-Sunday: 8am-8pm

We are closely observing Scottish Government and University of Glasgow guidance and principles. Health and safety is our top priority at every stage, and plans may change if guidance is updated.

This page will be kept up to date with the latest updates. You can also follow uofglibrary on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

If you have any questions, please contact our Reach Out team through UofG Helpdesk.

Thanks for all your support and patience, we can't wait to welcome you back!

 

Study Safely

To help keep everyone safe, we ask that you follow this guidance at all times in our Libraries and study spaces: 

  • Wear a face covering at all times.
  • Keep a two metre distance from others.
  • Use the stairs if you can, lift occupancy is significantly reduced. 
  • Maintain good hand hygiene and use the cleaning stations available. 
  • Only sit in spaces marked with green stickers and do not move furniture.
  • Take all possessions with you when you leave. 
  • Pay attention to signs indicating the capacity of different areas, e.g. toilets

Please note, some people, including those with health conditions, are exempt from wearing face coverings. Please be aware of the Scottish Government advice on this, and the UofG guidance for staying safe on campus.

 


Scottish Government Level 4 Restrictions

To keep the Library open under Scottish Government Level 4 restrictions, the following measures will be in place when we reopen on 29 December:

  • There will be no access to any bookshelves, but you can still access our e-books online at glasgow.ac.uk/library
  • There will be no access to annexes on Levels 6 and above in the Library

You must wear a face covering at all times unless you are exempt. Two metre distancing applies everywhere at all times.

Thank you for keeping our Library safe.


Using the University Library

To allow for physical distancing, there are a significantly reduced number of seats available. You can check how busy the Library is at the Library entrance and in the Library Information section of the UofG Life App. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play or use online.

The laptop loan service is not operating and the number of PCs available is also significantly reduced, so please bring your own device if you can. 

You can use Zoom or other meeting software on levels 3 and 4, either on a Library PC or your own device, but you must wear headphones and keep noise to a minimum. If you need a quiet place to study please use levels 5 and up.

Use the Library safely 

  • Wear a face covering at all times. 
  • Keep a two metre distance from others. 
  • Use the stairs if you can, lift occupancy is significantly reduced. 
  • Maintain good hand hygiene and use the cleaning stations available. 
  • Only sit in spaces marked with green stickers and do not move furniture.
  • Take all possessions with you when you leave the Library. 
  • Pay attention to signs in the Library indicating the capacity of different areas, including the High Demand Collection, toilets etc. 

Please note, some people, including those with health conditions, are exempt from wearing face coverings. Please be aware of the Scottish Government advice on this, and the UofG guidance for staying safe on campus.

Borrowing Books 

Book browsing is currently suspended under Scottish Government Level 4 restrictions. Please use our collection of e-books, searchable at glasgow.ac.uk/library

If you are unable to find an essential book, or suitable alternative, in our e-book collection you can submit a request for a very limited number of print books through our Essential Loans service in UofG Helpdesk.

If you have a book to return, please drop it into the Book Drop outside the Fraser Building. Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours. 

If you need to return a laptop please contact the IT Helpdesk with your incident reference number to arrange the return.

Arriving at the Library 

When arriving at the Library please pay attention to the signage, wear a face covering and keep a two metre distance from others at all times.  

Please enter through the revolving door. The automatic door is available for students who need to use it.  

The digital screen above the turnstiles will tell you how much space is currently available in the Library. If there are no spaces available you may need to queue. This also applies if you leave the Library and wish to re-enter.

Use your campus card to swipe into the Library at the turnstiles.  

In the Library 

To support physical distancing, the Library is set up for individual study only. Please pay attention to the stickers on the desks: green stickers indicate that a space can be used, red stickers indicate that a space cannot be used. Do not move furniture or sit anywhere without a green sticker.

At the entrance to enclosed spaces such as toilets, lifts and the High Demand area, you will see signs indicating the capacity of the space. You must not exceed this number at any time. 

Please maintain good hand hygiene when touching surfaces surfaces. Cleaning stations are available. Keep your face covering on at all times.

The Food in Focus cafe on Level 3 is closed under Scottish Government Level 4 restrictions. For updates check Eating on Campus or follow @UofGFood on Twitter.

Leaving the Library 

You must take all possessions with you when leaving the Library. Possessions left behind pose a health hazard to others, prevent proper cleaning and further reduce the already limited number of study spaces. 

You should leave through the turnstiles and exit through the automatic door to the left of the revolving door. 

Please wear a face covering and keep a two metre distance from others while leaving the Library. 

Help and Support 

The Library team are around but you may not see us, so if you have a question please get in touch through UofG Helpdesk and we’ll be happy to help: 

gla.ac.uk/help

 


Returning books

A Book Drop is available outside the Library for book returns.

All items borrowed on or before 23 March are currently checked out until 31 January.


Using the Library remotely

Whether or not the Library building is open, you can access Library e-resources remotely at any time. This includes an extensive catalogue of e-books and journals, searchable from the Library homepage.

The Glasgow Anywhere Student Desktop has all the programmes, files and apps you would find on a Library PC.

You can also make a virtual appointment with your College Librarian, and contact the Reach Out team for help through UofG Helpdesk.

Find out more about the remote resources available at Glasgow Anywhere.