Covid-19 services

Library reopening information

We're excited to welcome you back to the Sir Alex Ferguson Library. 

Protecting our staff and students is our number one priority. This means the library will look a bit different this year, but we will continue to provide our award-winning service to give you the best possible experience whilst studying at GCU.

Key dates

From 7th September 2020 the library will operate a click and collect service to allow users to borrow physical books and multimedia. You must bring your student card to collect these. This also means that you will be unable to browse the stock in the building. We're working hard to get even more online copies of key texts and we would encourage students to use these where possible. Until 21st September there will be no access to the library for studying.

From 21st September 2020 we will operate a booking system to allow you to study in the library. This facility is aimed at those who don't have access to suitable study space at home, so if you can study at home you should continue to do so. In order to maintain social distancing we will be opening with a limited capacity. To maximise this we are providing single-study spaces across floors 0, 2, 3 and 4 with access to Wi-Fi and power, as well as having some PCs available. You must book a space in advance via our website. To allow us to fulfil contact tracing obligations as part of the Scottish Government's Test and Protect system you must bring your student or staff card to be admitted into the library.

From 6th October 2020 the Archive Centre will reopen. The Centre will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only with two sessions available each day - 10am to noon and 1pm to 3pm. Two research pods will be available for each session and sessions must be booked a minimum of one week in advance. Further information on how to book a session will be available soon on the Archive Centre website.

Using the library safely

The health and safety of library users remains 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. 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 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 all study space bookings and click and collect requests. You will only be granted access to the building if you have a valid booking or item ready for collection.
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.
  • There will be limited catering provided on campus however this is dependent upon phased reopening stages.
  • Please ensure good hand washing practices are followed when using the facilities.
  • 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.
Desk hygiene
  • Wipes will be available for you to clean your desk or IT equipment at the start of your booking.
  • Please clear your desk at the end of your booking to keep the area tidy for the next user.
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.
Help and support

From 21st September 2020 we will be providing an new online chat service on our website to allow you to ask questions quickly and easily. You can access the chat service from the library homepage. The service will be available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and from 10am to 6pm at the weekend. You can also email or call the library, or connect via our social media platforms. Full details are available on our contact page.

If you are visiting the library to study or collect a book there will be a limited number of staff on site each day to assist you.