Reopening information

Reopening information

We're excited to be back on campus working with the collections again. Our reading room is open to GCU staff and students on Tuesdays and Thursdays for essential research only. We will also be working on enquiries and digitisation on these days.

Protecting our staff and students is our number one priority so the reading room will look a bit different this year. Be assured our friendly and helpful service will be the same.

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Book an appointment

Access to the reading room will be by appointment only. Appointments must be made a minimum of one week in advance. There is capacity for four appointments on each day and each session will last for two hours – 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm. There are two researcher pods in the reading room.

In the first instance all enquiries should be made to so we can discuss what we can do for you, if a visit is really necessary, and go through the booking process and guidelines. All research material must be agreed at time of booking as there will be no same day requests available. All research material will be quarantined before and after use in line with Scottish Government guidance.

Using the Archive Centre safely

The health and safety of our researchers remain our top priority when campus reopens. The information below closely observes current Scottish Government and GCU guidance and intends to help keep you and other users safe when visiting the library and reading room. The information below may change over time if guidance is updated.

Face coverings
  • All staff and students are expected to wear a face covering in the library and reading room unless they have a medical reason not to.
  • Individuals should use their own face coverings according to their personal preference. Supplies of disposable coverings will be available if you forget to bring your own.
Arriving at the library
  • You must enter the library using the main entrance on level 0.
  • Access to the library will be carefully controlled and monitored to ensure that the safe maximum occupancy is not exceeded.
  • You must have your student or staff card with you to access the library. Upon arrival you will be asked to swipe your card to record your entry to the building. This is required to fulfil our COVID-19 contact tracing obligations.
  • A member of staff will check your booking and point you in the direction of the reading room via the one-way system.
  • You will be emailed guidance on using the reading room as part of your booking process.
Moving around the library
  • There will be one entrance to the library in operation, the main entrance on level 0. Multiple exits may be in operation, please follow signage in the building.
  • You must maintain a two metre distance from others at all times.
  • Corridors and stairwells will mainly operate a one-way system. The use of stairwells is encouraged as the main route of travel in the library; the use of lifts should be avoided and priority given to those who cannot use the stairs.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the main entrance of the library and entrance to the reading room.
  • There will be limited catering provided on campus however this is dependent upon phased reopening stages. You will not be able to use catering during your visit to the reading room.
  • Toilets in the library have a lock fitted to their main entrance door which indicates whether the toilets are in use. A green strip on the lock indicates the toilet is free and a red strip that it is in use. Users should lock the main door behind them as they enter the toilets. Only one person may enter the toilets at any one time. If the toilets are in use you should maintain social distancing whilst waiting.
  • All users are asked to maintain good hygiene through hand washing.
Cleaning regime
  • In addition to the normal cleaning schedule on campus there will be increased cleaning of communal touch points.
Reading room pod hygiene
  • The Archive Centre team will fully clean each pod area before and after each research visit.
Emergency situations
  • The 2m distancing rules will not apply in the case of an emergency.
  • If the fire alarm activates, please leave the building by the nearest safe exit.
  • Fire doors will remain operational as per normal and thus continue to be used only in emergencies.
  • All stairwells can be used in an emergency. Try not to touch surfaces and when moving to the nearest fire assembly point and maintain social distancing as far as possible. You may be instructed to move further away from the fire assembly point.