Covid-19 library updates

Please study at home if you can and only visit the Library if it is essential. 

From Monday 26 April, the Library will be open from 7:15am-11pm 7 days a week. 

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 at Home: Use the Library Remotely

Please study at home if you can. You don't need to visit the Library to:

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


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.

 


Using the University Library

To allow for physical distancing, there are a significantly reduced number of seats available. You should use the UofG Life app to check how many spaces are free before visiting the Library. If there are no spaces available please do not come to campus. Download the app from the App Store or Google Play or use online. You can also see the spaces available at the Library entrance.

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 

You can now browse and borrow books, but please check for an e-book version first and only visit to borrow a book if it is essential and not available online.

Use the Self-Service Kiosks to check books out and please return all books, including those from High Demand, to the Book Drop located outside the Library. 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.

Please clean your hands before and after handling books. 

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. 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 Fraser Building, opposite the Library, for book returns.

We understand that you may not be able to travel in to return your books, if you have any concerns please get in touch with the Library team through UofG Helpdesk.