New On Campus Students

Welcome to the Library!

Hello and a very warm welcome from all of us here in the Library!

We know that finding your feet as a new student can be daunting, so we have put together some useful information about the Library and the type of services we provide.

If you want to know more, need some help, or if you just get stuck, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help!

Good Luck!
The Library Team

Study Areas

Library Tower

People studying in the libraryThe Library Tower is a study hotspot for all on-campus students who are looking for a quiet space to read, work on projects, or access PCs. The tower is organised over 5 levels where you have access to various study facilities.

The Library is a great place to find peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the Campus. It’s a good spot to settle down to some serious individual study so we ask for voices to be kept low and chat to a minimum. If it gets noisy, the library staff will have a quick word – just let them know!

Only water in closed containers can be taken in to the library – no food and drink please. Remember to keep your phone or other devices on silent and the volume on your headphones turned down low. You are welcome to make and receive calls in the stairwells.

Here's what you'll find in the Library:

187 PCs

These are open access "thin clients", where you can quickly log in to your RGU profile and work for your assignments. These are not bookable.

Level Number of Thin Clients
Level 5 11
Level 6 28
Level 7 40
Level 8 64
Level 9 44
Level Number of Desks
Level 6 50 desks + 1 adjustable desk
Level 7 36 desks + 1 adjustable desk
Level 8 12 desks + 1 adjustable desk
Level 9 60 desks + 1 adjustable desk

We have two small group study rooms which students can book for project work and small meetings. They are located on Level 9 and can be booked via our online booking system.

Please note the rooms can be reserved for up to 2 hours each day and up to 3 weeks in advance. To ensure all students have the opportunity to access the study rooms, we would like to advise students to not make consecutive bookings.

Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre

If you are looking for an informal study space where you can work collaboratively with your classmates in a cosy area, then the Learning Centre is for you!

The GSS Learning Centre is your collaborative learning space – there’s lots of room for group work and there’s a buzz of conversation in the air. You can bring in a coffee and have a snack with your friends over lunch in the comfortable seating areas, plan your next big project in one of the project rooms or practice your presentations in the pods or seminar area! Please don’t forget to clear away any rubbish before you leave.

Here's what you'll find in the Learning Centre:

Project Rooms

The 3 project rooms are dedicated to student group work, being an ideal location for group meetings, project work or practicing of presentations.

Learning centre project room

  • Up to 12
  • PC
  • Large screen display
  • Flipchart
  • Whiteboard
  • Yes
Booking Conditions
  • Students can book up to 2 hours each day
  • Bookings can be made up to 3 weeks in advance


Project Pods

The 8 project pods provide a smaller, more informal study space for medium-size groups, allowing students to connect and use their own devices. The high-back, comfortable sofas are ideal for group meetings, research, presentation practice, as well as delivery of informal workshops.

Learning centre project pods

  • Up to 8
  • PC
  • Large screen display (50")
  • Wireless mouse & keyboard
  • Smart podium (including USB ports, HDMI cable for connecting own device)
  • Yes
Booking Conditions
  • Can book up to 2 hours each day
  • Bookings can be made up to 3 weeks in advance


Study Areas

The Learning Centre provides 3 large, open plan collaborative study areas. These are suited for groups of 4 or 6, and also cater for smaller groups or individual study.

Learning centre study areas


96 study spaces:

  • 8 tables for groups of 4
  • 10 tables for groups of 6
  • Charging plugs
  • Data poles
  • Wireless connection throughout
  • No


Seminar Area

The Learning Centre Seminar Area is a semi-open study area, ideal for large group meetings, presentations, as well as delivery of workshops, small classes and small scale conference-type events.

Learning centre Seminar Room



  • 18 - 20 in seminar mode (tables and chairs)
  • 30 - 34 in amphitheatre mode (only chairs)
  • PC
  • Overhead projector
  • Wireless mouse and keyboard
  • Smart podium (USB ports, HDMI cable available for connecting own device)
  • Yes
Booking Conditions



Learning centre PCs

  • 45
  • Thin clients
  • Printing and photocopying
  • No


IT Lab

The IT Lab provides open access to 36 PCs, as well as hosting Library classes and drop-ins throughout the academic year.

The Library offers classes for different subject disciplines in using the library for finding information and research for essays and coursework and instruction on referencing. When classes are not running, drop-in sessions are offered and the IT Lab is open access.

To find out more about the Library classes and how to register, please consult the Library Classes Timetable.

Learning centre IT lab

  • 36
  • 36 thin client computers
  • 2 projectors
  • Smart podium
  • No


Bookable Spaces

Do you want to be sure your group is definitely going to have somewhere to meet and work?

You can book a variety of study spaces in the Library quickly using our online booking.

Small Group Meeting Room Level 9, Library Tower 2
Seminar Area GSS Learning Centre 1
Project Pods GSS Learning Centre 8
Student Project Rooms GSS Learning Centre 4

Books and Journals

We have a large collection of printed books and journals which you can access from the Library. When you come to the Library Tower you will notice that each level is dedicated to particular subjects, to make things easier to find and keep organised.

Borrowing / Returning


It's easy to borrow a book once you find it on the shelves. Just take it to one of the self-issue machines on Level 5, scan your student card and then the book. If you have several items which you would like to check out, put them all in. You will have the option of printing a receipt or having one emailed to you. This will confirm that the items have been checked out by you and the date they are due back. Don't worry if you lose the receipt, everything is synced with your library account; you can double check online when your items are due by viewing your library account.


Come back to Level 5 and use the book return machine. Place the books (one at a time) on the band and they will be automatically scanned, sorted and your account updated to reflect you returned them. You can print a receipt for your own records to confirm this, although you don't have to.


Do you need to keep an item longer than its original due back date? No problem!

 Automatic Renewals!

As long as your account is in good standing and no one else needs the book, it will be automatically renewed seven days before the due date. You can also renew it yourself earlier if you want to, using your library account.

Unfortunately you will not be able to renew items that have been requested by someone else. We will always let you know if this is the case, via your RGU email.

Finding Stuff

Searching the Library Collections

So you want to find a book or a journal? The first place to go is LibrarySearch! This is where you will find valuable information about books and journals which we have on shelves, such as the level and shelf number so you can track down the items easily. Can't find something? Don't worry, we have library assistants on each level and they would be happy to help.

Remember that not everything in the catalogue exists on our shelves as printed copies. We have an extensive collection of e-books and e-journals which are freely available for students to access in a few clicks.

LibrarySearch is not only about finding stuff, you can also log in to your account, see what items you have on loan, place a hold on something you really need but is already borrowed, renew items and more!

 Reading Lists!

Remember, you can also access library content through your module reading lists, which contain essential and recommended reading for your modules.

Using Databases

You will hear us speak about searching databases, or your lecturers will refer you to databases to conduct your information gathering for assignments. Databases are just online tools which allow you to search and access academic journals on a variety of topics. They are provided by different suppliers, which the Library subscribes to.

We subscribe to numerous databases, covering all our courses. Here are only some of them, you will find a full list of suitable databases on our subject databases pages.

Business Source Complete Business, Management, Accounting, Finance, Communication, Tourism & Hospitality and more
CINAHL with Full Text Nursing, Midwifery, Nutrition, Biomedical Studies, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work etc.
IEEE Xplore Computing and Engineering
Westlaw Law, Construction Law, Employment Law, Forensic Science, Journalism and more
ScienceDirect All courses
Web of Science All courses

Related Links

Referencing at RGU

Referencing is a critical aspect of writing any assignment and you will be asked to correctly reference all the sources and materials used in your work.

At RGU we use two main referencing styles, RGU Harvard and RGU Vancouver. The referencing style is depending on what your course requires, but Harvard is the most used.

We know referencing can be scary at first, especially if you haven't done it before, but not to worry! We are here to help with every aspect of referencing and have developed detailed guides for both styles.

Related Links

How The Library Can Help You


If you have any library related questions we are happy to help! Come and see us if you want to develop your searching and finding information skills, referencing, or just want to learn about accessing e-resources. There is no need to book an appointment, just show up during the available drop-in times.

Where? You will find us in the Learning Centre (Aberdeen Business School, Level 3), usually in the IT Lab (321).

When? Check the library classes and drop-ins timetable

Library KnowHOW Workshops

We organise various informal sessions throughout the year, covering skills like SearchSMART (Finding Information), Harvard Referencing, Using RefWorks and Research Workshops.

Where? Usually in the IT Lab (321) in the Learning Centre. If the venue changes, we will let you know!

Signing up is easy using our online timetable. We are looking forward to seeing you in one of our classes!

Online Support

We are here to help you even when you are away from campus. We can offer support via telephone, email or Facebook Messenger. Please see our contact details below:

Referencing, RefWorks, LibrarySearch, Databases or 01224 263450
All Library queries or 01224 263450

You can also send us messages and queries on Facebook and we will answer as soon as possible during our office hours:


Help Points in the Library

If you are in the library and you need any help, just ask one of our Library Assistants or roving Student Ambassadors (they're in the green t-shirts) and they will be happy to help! Whether you can't find a book on the shelves, have trouble with accessing e-resources, don't know where things are, or if there is anything we can do to make your study time more comfortable, give us a shout (well, a whisper...)!

You can find the Library Assistants and Student Ambassadors on each floor of the Library.

Related Links


Printing and Binding

How Do I Add Money to My Account?

You can either use the printing kiosks which you can find around the campus (the closest one to the Library is situated on Level 3 of the Sir Ian Wood Building, just on the main corridor), or top up online at

You can also top up your account in person at the Library Reception, or at the Student Help Point (Level 3, Ishbel Gordon Building).

How Much Does it Cost?

There are different charges depending on the page size, whether you print black & white or double / single sided. Please be careful when you send the document to the printer, and select black & white to save yourself some money. If you have some pages in colour, you can choose to print only those in colour and the rest in black & white. Otherwise, if you select 'colour' for the entire document, you will be charged as if every page is printed in colour.

A4 4p / sheet 20p / sheet 3p / side 18p / side
A3 8p / sheet 40p / sheet 8p / side 38p / side

How Do I Print?

First make sure you send any print jobs to PrintAtRGU, then go to any printer, scan your student card and select your document(s) then 'Print' or 'Print all'.


Step 1

Swipe your student card

Step 2

You will see your account balance. Select OK

Step 3

Select the documents you want to print and select Print. Or, if you want everything printed, select Print All

Step 4

Don't forget to log out!


You can pick up your prints from any printer available on campus, so there is no need to wait in long queues if you’re in a hurry!



At some point during your time as a student you will be asked to print and bind assignments for submission. This usually happens for dissertations, but might be applicable for various other projects as well. We provide access to binding equipment and sell materials, just come to the Library and enquire at the Main Reception Desk on Level 5.

Library Opening Hours

*** Important: Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the RGU library building is closed until further notice ***

Semester Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday 08.00 - 22.30
Friday 08.00 - 20.00
Saturday 10.00 - 20.00
Sunday 10.00 - 20.00
Vacation Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday 09.00 - 21.00
Friday 09.00 - 17.00
Saturday 13.00 - 17.00
Sunday 11.00 - 18.00

Find out when the University and support buildings are open each day:

Building Opening Hours

 24 Hour Openings!

At certain times during the year, the library will be open 24 hours/day, for a limited time. This is usually around exam times and we notify students of this in advance.