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.

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.
Catering
  • There will be limited catering provided on campus however this is dependent upon phased reopening stages.
  • You can order food and drink online and find out about click and collect services offered by our on campus caterer, Baxter Storey, at the Fuel on Campus webpages.
  • Please ensure good hand washing practices are followed when using catering facilities.
Toilets
  • 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

On the 21st September 2020 we launched an online chat service 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.

Our Academic Librarians can help you find resources, use our services and resources, and with referencing. All appointments are currently available online. You can access Academic Librarian support from the appointments, drop-ins and enquiries webpage.

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.