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 and that this year in particular things are all a bit different, 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.

Good Luck!

The Library Team

P.S. Remember that you must wear your face covering at all times when in the Library unless exempt. This includes when you are seated at a study desk!

Study Areas

Library Tower

People studying in the libraryHead to the Library Tower if you are looking for a quiet space to read, work on projects, or access PCs and study space.

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.

When visiting the Library we do still have a few Covid rules in place. Please remember that you must wear your face covering at all times (unless exempt), including whilst sitting at your study desk. Although all study desks are available for use, please try to maintain 1m social distancing where possible.

Only water in closed containers can be taken into 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.

Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre

The Library is set up as a quiet and individual study space but the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre, located in the Aberdeen Business School building, offers a more relaxed environment. It is managed by the Student Union and has a mixture of individual workspaces, PCs, group spaces and bookable project pods and rooms. Please visit the Student Union website for more information.

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

Borrowing books is easy. You can either come to the Library and browse the shelves or you can place a hold using Library Search. We'll notifiy you when the items are ready to collect.

Once you've chosen your book off the shelves or picked it up from our reception desk, 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 which you can check at any time. Log in with your normal RGU username and password.

To return books you can drop your items off at the Returns slot when you come into the Library. It's located just to the left of the entrance door. Pop your items in one at a time to have them removed from your Library account. If you're not coming up to the Library there's also a drop-box available in the foyer of the Sir Ian Wood Building from 0700-2300 Monday to Friday and 0900-2100 Saturday & Sunday.


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, via your RGU email, if any of your loans have been recalled.

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

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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.

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How The Library Can Help You

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? Online via BlackBoard Collaborate

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:


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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

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?

Remember that you must book a study seat to use the printers in the Library

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!


Remember that you must book a study seat to use the binding facilities in the Library

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 (contactless payments only please), just come to the Library and enquire at the Main Reception Desk on Level 5.

Library Opening Hours

*** The Library will be totally closed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June for the Platinum Jubilee Public Holidays. ***

Vacation hours are currently in operation. We will change back to Semester hours when Semester 1 starts on Monday 19th September 2022.

Floors 6, 7 & 8 of the Library will be closed at various times over the summer for essential maintenance. Please abide by any signage and do not enter closed floors. Level 9 remains open and has over 100 study spaces available. Please advise Library staff if you require books from a closed floor.

In line with Scottish Government advice, the University does recommend the use of face coverings in busy or crowded areas. Please show consideration for any ‘Distance Aware’ badge wearers.

Full information about Library services during Covid-19 can be found in our Covid-19 FAQs.

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