The Library tower will remain closed during the current lockdown period but print books can be accessed via our Click and Collect, Postal Loan and Digitisation services. Please use the Postal Loan service where possible and do not travel to the campus unnecessarily.
If you need access to on-campus Library material then you can make use of our Click and Collect service. Items may be collected from the library by booking a collection slot or, if you are unable to visit the campus, they can be posted to you. We can also email scans of individual chapters, sections and articles from print books or journals. See the separate sections in this guide on Click & Collect, Postal Loans and Article and Chapter requests for more information.
Please note that browsing the shelves is not possible at the moment or during Tier 4 restrictions. In all other tiers browsing the bookshelves is permitted if you have booked a seat in advance. See the Seat Booking guide for more information. Please note that access to the bookshelves will not be permitted without an advance seat booking.
Click and Collect
You can access physical books from the library using our Click & Collect service. Please place your requests in plenty of time as we expect high-demand for this service. There is a very small team working on campus and we’re sorry but we cannot provide a same-day collection service.
Placing your request
Booking a collection slot
Collecting your items
During the current lockdown period please use the Postal loans service rather than Click and Collect where possible. Do not travel to the campus unnecessarily.
The Postal Loans service is available for any students or staff who are unable to come to campus. We're sorry but the service is not available to External, Community or Associate members.
Please note that whilst the Library will post items to you for free, you must pay the return postage.
Items are posted to the address on your RGU record and must be signed for. If you wish items to be posted to a different address then enter it in the comment field. It is your responsibility to ensure that items are sent to the correct address.
If you are attending campus regularly then we would encourage you to make use of the Click & Collect service.
To find out more about the Postal Loans service, including how to place a request, see our Postal Loans guide.
Article & Chapter Requests
If you are unable to visit the library in person, you can ask us to scan articles from print journals and chapters of books that are only available in hard copy. This service is not available to External, Community or Associate members.
No more than one article from any issue of a journal, or one chapter of a book (or up to 5% of the whole item, whichever is greater), may be requested. These limits are set by UK copyright law and the Library cannot exceed them.
Before asking for items to be scanned, check your Module Reading List - a digitised version may already be available.
To find out more about the Article & Chapter requests service, including how to place a request, see our Article & Chapter Requests guide
Returning Library Items
During the current lockdown period books may be returned to the drop-box in the Sir Ian Wood Building foyer between 0800-1830 Monday-Friday. Campus buildings are not currently open at weekends. Alternatively, books may be returned by post. See our Contact Us page for the postal address.
Please note that all returned items will be quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being discharged from your account. You may still receive reminder or overdue emails from the Library during this time. These are automated reminders and cannot be switched off. If it has been over one week since you returned your items please contact the Library but, otherwise, you can ignore the emails.
Coming to the Library to return an item will not give you access to the study floors. If you wish to study or browse the shelves you must book a seat. (During the current lockdown period there is no access to the Library for study or browsing)